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George Sterling Park on Russian Hill

Atop Russian Hill sits George Sterling Park, a small park that was named in honor of one of San Francisco's most famous poets. George Sterling (1869-1926) was a local poet who was well-known in California literary circles and a prominent figure in the area's Bohemian artist community. A friend to American author Jack London and mentor to Clark Ashton Smith, according to Wikipedia George Sterling was known for his "visionary and mystical" poetry with a writing style reflecting "the Romantic charm of such poets as Shelley, Keats and Poe." Dedicated in 1928 as "George Sterling Glade", the park was rededicated in November 2005 as George Sterling Park.

A photograph of San Francisco bay and the Golden Gate Bridge taken from George Sterling Park in San Francisco, California.  Image copyright © Philip W. Tyo 2007 George Sterling Park is a restful spot with paths and terrace areas offering dramatic views of San Francisco, the bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. View some photos of the city from my visit to George Sterling Park.

Following the 1906 earthquake, much of Russian Hill burned. While little is mentioned about this area in The Trembling Hills, Phyllis A. Whitney George Sterling Park as part of her research efforts, and it is worth a visit to take in the views from the hill. While you are there, you can also visit Lombard Street which is famously known as "the crookedest street in the world".

George Sterling Park is located at Hyde and Larkin Streets between Lombard and Greenwich Streets. For more information, check out the pages at these web sites:

Wikipedia - contains a biography of George Sterling. - contains a collection of material on George Sterling, including his poems.

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