In 1848, Walter Colton, the alcalde or chief magistrate of Monterey (above), noted that the town's hospitality was so free a public hotel was hard put to keep open.
town of San Francisco was prospering in these years. According to some
of its inhabitants who were still living in the Eighteen-eighties, the
view below was a true rendering of how it looked early in 1847 at the time its name was changed from Yerba Buena.