Patrick, this is for you, but it was too good not to share. I wrote earlier about the first Emperor of America, Norton I. Among his many mandates, he presciently demanded that a bridge be built between San Francisco and Oakland. It only took 50 years, but his bridge was built, and on the site, this plaque (since moved to our main transit terminal) was placed:
In case the picture doesn't come out well, it reads: "Pause traveler and be grateful to Norton I. Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico, 1859-1880. Whose prophetic wisdom conceived and decreed the bridging of San Francisco Bay." I am trying to get out to see Emperor Norton's grave this weekend, but this plaque is a hidden gem of San Francisco (right up there with the Golden Hydrant).
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