Barbary Coast

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San Francisco is steeped in history. It’s easy to find its Italian history, its Spanish and Chinese history, and even to some extent its Native American history. But the city’s French heritage is less celebrated.

Andrew Roth is a sound designer who re-creates soundscapes that no longer exist. You can hear his most recent work at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. The exhibit is called BoomTown, and it’s what San Francisco sounded like in the early 1850s, when the city was known as the Barbary Coast.

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