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24 The Cliffs at Filbert Steps

The Cliffs at Filbert Steps

The Cliffs at Filbert Steps
Telegraph Hill used to gently slope down to the waterfront and these cliffs here weren't formed until the infamous Gray brothers started blasting away the hill, quarrying out the rocks. This caused all sorts of problems for the local residents, damaging their property and even injuring some people. Although the courts issued many injunctions against the brothers, they kept on quarrying anyway. In 1909, the Gray brothers even tried to disguise their blasting under the cover of the Fourth of July fireworks display. If they had their way, they would have cleared away all of Telegraph Hill. But they were brought to a stop by a disgruntled employee that shot and killed one of the brothers, and soon after that, the company went out of business and Telegraph Hill was saved.
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