The Mission (Part 2) and the Castro
The Mission (Part 2)
Dolores Street and Mission Dolores
Dolores Street is a lovely boulevard running near the western edge of the Mission, where the Mission becomes the Castro. It runs along the eastern edge of Dolores Park. A couple blocks to the north is Mission Dolores, one of San Francisco’s most significant historic sites.
Mission Dolores was founded in 1776 as Misión San Francisco de Asís, named for St. Francis of Assisi. The mission gave the city of San Francisco its name. The mission became informally known as Mission Dolores for the nearby creek, Arroyo de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows Creek). The current mission church was built in 1791, making it the oldest building in San Francisco.
By now, I had already had a fantabulous day in the Mission having enjoyed Dolores Park, Mission Dolores, and most of all the Mission’s murals. Now I was looking forward to doing some exploration in the Castro, a neighborhood I already knew pretty well. You may remember that in 2016 I became a Castro Ambassador.
Out and About in the Castro
The GLBT History Museum
The GLBT History Museum, in the heart of the Castro, is dedicated to the history and culture of San Francisco’s LGBT community. It is the second such museum in the world after Berlin’s Schwules Museum. My friend Domenic met up with me at the museum and joined me for the rest of the day.
[WARNING! The following section contains a photograph of an art exhibition depicting explicit sexual activity.]
Rainbow Honor Walk
The sidewalks of the Castro are lined with plaques honoring notable LGBT individuals who are no longer with us. Below is a selection of honorees’ plaques.
[WARNING! The following section contains a photograph of an art exhibition depicting dolls that are anatomically correct, if somewhat exaggerated!]
More Castro History
The Castro is such a festive place. But so many of the sights to see in the neighborhood call to mind terrible sadness and loss that its residents have endured.
Back to the Mission!
After dinner in the Castro, Domenic joined me as I returned to the Mission for the last stop of the day: ice cream!
Day 4, what a day!
[Factual information is primarily gathered from Wikipedia, so you know it must be true.]