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#TBT: San Francisco's Legendary Fights and Feuds

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Everyone loves a good feud, and San Francisco, with its rowdy history, has been riddled with them. For this week's #TBT, we're showcasing some of the SF's most scandalous disagreements.


5. Egg War of 1863

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We're pretty sure you'd never thought you'd be reading about an egg war, but it happened on the Farallon Islands in the 1800s. The population of San Francisco was exploding at the time, and chicken eggs were rare and expensive. The Egg Company (also known as the Pacific Egg Company and the Farallon Egg Company) decided to lay claim to the island in 1851 and sold its speckled murre eggs. On June 4, 1863, a rival egger group arrived armed to the island wanting to collect eggs themselves, and a gunfight ensued, leaving at least one person dead.

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