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Author Alec Scott chronicles iconic, old San Francisco places

Book cover, Alec Scott's Oldest San Francisco
courtesy Alec Scott
Book cover, Alec Scott's Oldest San Francisco

Oakland based author, Alec Scott’s new book, Oldest San Francisco captures an array of fascinating stories of San Francisco’s oldest places, from institutions such as the San Francisco Art Institute, to the oldest chocolatier, hat maker and so much more.

Oakland based author, Alec Scott
Courtesy Alec Scott
Oakland based author, Alec Scott

Come along and join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Alec Scott as he shares unique San Francisco places that are old and classic, such as an iconic French bread bakery with a fabled “starter” that’s been living since the Gold Rush.

Oldest San Francisco also covers culinary destinations such as the oldest restaurant, diner, candy shop and, of course, the first Mission Burrito.

Stories also include the oldest book store, bakery, bike shop and brewery; the oldest mattress maker and auto shop; the oldest Cathedral, synagogue and recording studio; the oldest public and private schools, as well as its first university; the oldest department store, movie theater and stationery shop; the oldest hotel, funeral home and hat-maker.

San Francisco's legendary Alcatraz prison dates from the Civil War era is featured in Alec Scott's new book, Oldest San Francisco
Tom Wilmer
San Francisco's legendary Alcatraz prison dates from the Civil War era is featured in Alec Scott's new book, Oldest San Francisco

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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