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58 Star Starred
Union Square
Post and Powell San Francisco, CA 94102
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Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine
106 ratings
4.8 average rating
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20 reviews
34 stars
attended Mar 29 2012

Norton is a good example of what the city has to offer: it's full of generous and eccentric people! Let Norton lead you in SF with lots of historical facts and tales. You may feel it's odd to follow someone with an outfit in the streets, but it's...continued

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15 reviews
0 stars
attended Apr 19 2012

I’m a San Francisco history buff, and this by far was the most detailed, documented, and informative tour I’ve been on (and I’ve attended most of the city’s walking tours.) It was also just plain fun!

Two and a half hours of fascinating facts...continued

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46 reviews
11 stars
attended Nov 03 2012

An excellent tour. I learned a lot more about the history of San Francisco, and stories of the Barbary Coast. New spots in SF that I have never seen, and the tour even included a wonderful Puccini aria sung on the street.

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The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and covers two miles.

Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend with ticketed owners.

You’ll learn about: Emperor Norton, the man and the myths • Union Square • The St. Francis Hotel • Maiden Lane • Lotta’s Fountain • The 1906 earthquake and fire • Bummer & Lazarus • The Palace Hotel • Jackson Square • The Barbary Coast • Portsmouth Square • and much more!

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