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23 Filbert Steps & Napier Lane

Filbert Steps & Napier Lane

Filbert Steps & Napier Lane
This little garden just off Filbert Steps is named after Grace Merchant who, among other things, was a movie stuntwoman. When she moved here in the last 1940s, this whole slope was little more than a garbage dump, and she took it upon herself to tidy up the whole area and create these beautiful gardens that we can still enjoy here today. Just across the steps from Grace Merchant's garden, we find Napier Lane. It's a very pretty little street with a very special wood board paving. This used to be very popular in the early days of San Francisco, but today it's the only wooden street left in the whole city. If you come to Filbert Steps late in the afternoon, you might be lucky enough to see some parrots like these guys here up in the tree, up in the telegraph wires right above me here. Originally, they're from Ecuador and Peru. They were first spotted here in San Francisco back in 1911. It’s thought they were imported as pets, and then they must have escaped or been deliberately released. Although they're an invasive species and fight quite a lot amongst themselves, they don't seem to do much damage to the environment here. They're actually quite friendly to the local birds.
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The Cliffs at Filbert Steps

23 The Cliffs at Filbert Steps

The Cliffs at Filbert Steps

The Top of Filbert Steps

The Top of Filbert Steps

The Top of Filbert Steps

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