San Francisco and the A.D.A.

The spirit of history, beauty and romance, the lure of all mankind will greet you in the city of the Golden Gate at the convention of the American Dental Association in July.

A perfect setting for this 78th annual event will be consummated if California fulfills her claim to a perfect climate with an abundance of sunshine and flowers, and the assurance that “one never grows weary in San Francisco,” the temperature seldom exceeding 70 degrees.

Always sufficient in itself has been the American Dental Association to attract large throngs of dentists, but this year there will be a rival magnet, less prosaic, that will vie with it in interest.

With so many attractions beckoning, few dentists can resist making this occasion a vacation season and with their families will motor leisurely to San Francisco. Those who do, will find it to be a continuous voyage of discovery, and as they travel through the expansive state of California they will agree with Lord Bryce that “it is not a state—but a country” and richer than the Indies. Its gorgeous changes of scenery are one of its allurements. Its deserts, fertile valleys and snowcapped mountains are often combined in one superb view.

“The most persistent element of interest in life is the element of adventure” and the history of San Francisco is one of adventure and romance. It was this element in which San Francisco had its inception and which persisted, though less tumultuously, in each generation from its founding. It has a Spanish background, receiving its name from the Franciscan Monks and dating back 160 years with the building of Spanish presidio and the founding of the Spanish adobe mission, Delores. These and other relics remain preserved with some necessary restoration on the old mission which is still used for religious services.

Also of historic interest are Old Mission District which has recently been modernized to some extent, and is the oldest district in the city; Telegraph Hill from which ships were signaled as they arrived around the Horn, and Portsmouth Square, where the first American flag was raised in San Francisco in 1846.

Since the discovery of gold in California, San Francisco has had a frenzied growth. First it rapidly reached the proportions of a large city only to be completely destroyed by the disaster of 1906, then its speedy rebuilding which was even more spectacular. This transformation followed so closely the ravages of the fire that it was commonly stated the new city was built on the smoldering ashes of the old.

Clearing away the remnants of destruction and rebuilding a larger and richer city in the short space of three years, might be written in the History of Time as one of the wonders of the twentieth century.

All this will be interesting to recall when you reach the Golden Gate and behold one of the most important cities in the United States and one of the most modern cities in the world. Aside from being one of the richest cities in America, it is one of the most cosmopolitan and is often referred to as the International City.

Nature has been exceptionally generous to the Convention City. Situated on lofty hills it is surrounded with rare and beautiful scenic landscape. It has also favored it with a land-locked harbor in a broad, deep bay protected from the winds and waves and is probably unsurpassed anywhere in the world for its beauty and facilities. It is truthfully said that “no city in the world, save Constantinople, so fortuitously combines beauty of setting with commercial advantage.”

San Francisco is justly proud of its cultural background which is reflected in it numerous and varied institutions of learning, its rich libraries both public and private, museums of art and natural history, and its many beautiful churches.

Always an attraction to visitors in a city is its parks, where they can roam and relax. Here there is a choice of thirty-two parks and public squares. Beautiful Golden Gate Park is the most famous of these and must not be omitted. It borders on the great ocean and is a veritable garden of flowers, trees and lovely drives comprising over a thousand acres. A few of its interesting features are the noted Cliff House situated on a high cliff, Seal Rock, which is always covered with sea lions, and beautiful conservatory. At the top of a high hill is Prayer Book Cross erected to the memory of Sir Francis Drake and commemorates the first religious service in the English Language on the Pacific Coast. The Presidio, a 2000-acre military reservation with its beautiful grounds is an adjoining attraction.

A visit to all the beauty spots of the city and all points of interest will be provided for convention guests.

There are people who enjoy an independent and leisurely shopping and inspection tour of a city downtown, who naturally find their progress retarted by unfamiliarity with streets. This difficulty will be greatly reduced by locating far famed Market Street, one of the world’s notable thoroughfares running diagonally through the principal part of the city. Streets from all directions lead to Market Street and all leading business houses, banks and department stores are located on or near this street making it a city within itself.

Here is located the city’s $23,000,000 Civic Center, remarkable for the architectural beauty of its buildings. In this center is the war memorial which includes the only municipally owned opera house in the country. Close to the business section is famous Chinatown and other foreign colonies among which is Little Italy.

Market Street leads directly to the Bay and the far famed Ferry Building. This building and the City’s Post Office are the two survivals of the great disaster. The Ferry House is distinguished for its stately clock tower and is one of the busiest passenger terminals in United States. There are 55,000 people from towns across bay who pass daily through its gates.

No visit to Golden Gate will be complete without a trip on the Ferry to the charming towns of Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda and others.

Of common interest to all visitors will be two great engineering wonders of San Francisco. They have a marvelous $70,000,000 water system coming from the Hetch Hetchy dam in the Sierra Nevada mountains 150 miles away. This dam also furnishes power for lighting. The other great engineering project is the world’s greatest suspension bridge, across San Francisco Bay. It is double decked and accommodates nearly every mode of travel. It furnishes six lanes for auto traffic, two for pedestrians, three for trucks and two electric rail lines. This seems to bear proof that “All roads lead to San Francisco.”

This 78th A.D.A. convention should prove an epochal one. With the benefits derived from a program full of absorbing topics designed to meet the requirements of every dentist, and the fascinating diversions furnished by the Convention City should be both enriching and refreshing.

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