Tramps of San Francisco

In search of San Francisco's forgotten histories

About Tramps of San Francisco

Tramps of San Francisco was launched in May 2012 to share my passion for the history of San Francisco and surrounding communities. I’m Evelyn Rose, CTO (Chief Tramping Officer), a resident of Glen Park and local history buff who, in a single lifetime, will never discover everything there is to know about San Francisco’s past but is willing to sally forth and try! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see my listing of articles on Tramps of San Francisco so far.

My focus is not our common and remembered history. The mission of Tramps of San Francisco is to reveal those stories and events that may have helped build and shape our City but, for any number of reasons, became lost with the passage of time. I’ve always had an interest in history, but it wasn’t until I began volunteering as a docent for the National Park Service, discovering local artifacts at estate sales, and exploring the history of the western United States that my real appreciation for local history came to the fore. Here’s a brief summary of my background and some of my publications and postings related to our local history:

Education

BA, Anthropology – USF (the one in Tampa, not San Francisco)

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) – UCSF

Volunteer Experience

Docent (interpretation, volunteer historian), Muir Woods National Monument (National Park Service, 2002 – Present)

[See Muir Woods is a Mystical Place (St. Louis Dispatch, May 9, 2010)]

[See Auwaeter J and Sears JF. Historic Resource Study for Muir Woods National Monument: Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Acknowledgements, page xv. Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. 2006.]

Founder, Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project (covering Glen Park, Glen Canyon, Sunnyside, Fairmount Heights, and Diamond Heights in San Francisco, 2014 – Present)

Recipient, President’s Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level (for volunteer work at Muir Woods, 2011)

Volunteer, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society (2009 – 2010)

Volunteer, Standing Ovations III – Cookin’ at the Mint (Developed exhibits of regional history of dairy, coffee, 2010)

Volunteer, Team 75 (Festival Ambassador), 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge (May 27, 2012)

Membership

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

California Historical Society

Montana Historical Society

Yellowstone Association

History Publications

Rose E and Nelson-Bonebrake G. San Francisco’s Coffee History: It Does Add Up to a Hill of Beans. Panorama. 2011;23(2):6-7,16.

Rose E. Explosive Revelation: Glen Canyon Ties to the Nobel Prize. Glen Park News. Winter 2007/2008. Now available at FoundSF.org.

Rose E. The Train to Muir Woods: Putting Your Life in the Hands of the “Gravity Man.” Park News, The Quarterly Publication of the National Parks at the Golden Gate.  September/October/November issue, 2005. Now available at FoundSF.org.

Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project (several articles and posts).

Acknowledgements in:

Whittlesey LH. Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park. Second edition. Page xiii and pg 293, Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 2014.

Donovan DC. San Francisco Relocated. Page 6Arcadia Books, 2015.

Postings at Tramps of San Francisco (Launched May 23, 2012)

Who the Heck was Halleck?

Cows in the City

Where’s Urus? Tracking Bear in San Francisco

Richard Chenery: Forgotten Gold Rush Pioneer

The Expeditious Conveyance of Intelligence To and From San Francisco

Weekend Logjam: Picnics and Excursions Beyond San Francisco

USS Comanche: Ironclad of San Francisco

Defining San Francisco: When Our City Became a City (Part I)

Defining San Francisco: When Our City Became a City (Part II)

Defining San Francisco: When Our City Became a City (Part III)

The San Francisco Mission Zoo: Wilder Days in Glen Park (Part I)

The San Francisco Mission Zoo: Wilder Days in Glen Park (Part II)

The San Francisco Mission Zoo: Wilder Days in Glen Park (Part III)

The San Francisco Mission Zoo: Wilder Days in Glen Park (Part IV)

The San Francisco Mission Zoo: Wilder Days in Glen Park (Part V)

The San Francisco Mission Zoo: Wilder Days in Glen Park (Part VI)

Tramping Close to Home: Adventures in Backyard Archaeology

Those “Plucky” Forty-Niners: The Roots of Pro Football in San Francisco

The Auriferous City: Eureka Moments in San Francisco

A-Foresting We Will Go: A History of Trees in San Francisco (Part I)

A-Foresting We Will Go: A History of Trees in San Francisco (Part II)

A-Foresting We Will Go: A History of Trees in San Francisco (Part III)

© 2012-2016. Evelyn Rose, Tramps of San Francisco.      Last update January 21, 2016.

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  1. Ms. Rose:

    WBTC’s tweet about Wednesday’s Glen Park Library event cause me to call the librarian and find you. I had seen your excellent Giant Powder piece before, on FoundSF, and might be able to run over on Wednesday.

    I’m a local historian in Hercules and co-author of the Arcadia book on Hercules, which is the first really comprehensive account of the history of the explosives industry here. There is more work to be done to bring the important story of California’s first tech industry — dynamite — to the attention of a broader audience in the Bay Area. At some point, I would like to meet you to see if there’s mutual interest in plowing more ground in Glen Canyon, Santa Cruz, Pinole, Emeryville and Hercules.

    Steve Lawton

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    • Hi, Steve! Thank you very much for your note and your kind comments! My apologies for the delayed response. I hope you were able to attend either Part I or II of my History of Glen Canyon presentations at the library over the past couple of weeks. As this is my hobby during limited free time and the paying job takes priority, at some point, yes, I would be interested in sharing notes about Giant’s various locations. Please feel free to contact me at trampsofsanfrancisco@gmail.com. Best regards – – Evelyn

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