Coit Tower - a symbol of San Francisco's
Wealthy socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit so admired firemen at the 1906 earthquake fire that she bequeathed one third of her fortune in 1929 for the beautification of San Francisco.
In 1934 Coit Tower (designed as a classic colonnade and never intended to actually represent a fire nozzle) was built as a memorial to her. In 1932 a bronze statue of firemen holding hoses and rescuing a damsel in distress was erected in Washington Square Park, as her tribute to the city's brave fire fighters.
Coit Tower caps Telegraph Hill at the top of Filbert Street. Washington Square Park sits in the heart of North Beach and is bound by Columbus, Filbert and Stockton streets.
To reach the top of 210-foot Coit Tower, there is an elevator, open daily 10 a.m to 7 p.m
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd in Pioneer Park
Bus: #39 MUNI Bus drives to the Coit Tower from Washington Square.
Coit Tower - ein Symbol San Francisco's