Why Is That Bridge Orange?

San Francisco For The Curious

  • What is Coit Tower used for?

  • Why is Lombard Street so crooked?

  • How did Telegraph Hill get its name?

  • Why is the Golden Gate Bridge painted orange?

Questions like these from passing tourists are what inspired Art Peterson to write his book, Why Is That Bridge Orange? Art blends a sense of humor along with the lore and history of San Francisco, to help tourists and natives alike, gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the City by the Bay.

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Click here to get to know the author, Art Peterson.

Click here to see some images of landmarks discussed in the book.

Click here for a sneak peek of some of the essays featured in the book.

Click here to see what folks like Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket fame) say about the book!

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Here's What People Say About The Book!

Read this book immediately, so you will sound smart and knowledgeable when your out-of-town guests ask tough questions about our glorious town.

Daniel Handler, Author of Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Written with a deft touch and plenty of humor, Why Is That Bridge Orange? fills each compact chapter with enough new information to instruct and entertain even a 35-year resident like myself. It’s the rare tourist book that will appeal as much (if not more) to locals.

Judy Irving, Producer-Director, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

As a city boy and non-fiction writer focusing on North Beach history, my first reaction to this book was “Dang, why didn’t I think of that?” Art Peterson answers questions that have lingered in my mind for years and provides a history and guide that is hard to put down.

Dick Boyd, Author of Broadway North Beach: The Golden Years

A perfect blend of history, mystery, and great photography.

Catherine Accardi, Author of San Francisco’s North Beach and Telegraph Hill and San Francisco Landmarks

San Francisco’s charms and endless fascinations come to life in this enthralling page turner. Even longtime San Franciscans will learn a lot from it.

Timothy Ferris, Longtime San Franciscan and Author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way

Why Is That Bridge Orange? is one of a kind. This book brings together an incredible variety of San Francisco experience and tells the story of one of the greatest cities of the world in a way that is lively, educational, and entertaining.

David Chiu, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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