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San Francisco grew from a tiny burg of 1,000 persons in 1848 to its present-day population of 825,863. The city was founded in 1776 when Spain built a fort at the site of Golden Gate Park. After World War II, San Francisco became a magnet for Americas counter-culture. Hippies flocked to Haight-Ashbury in 1960 and peaked out with the Summer of Love in 1967. San Franciscos China Town is the oldest and largest in North America. The citys famous cable cars carry riders up and down the steep inclines and to Fishermans Wharf below. People watch as the fishermen bring in their daily catches each day at the piers of Fishermans Wharf.. Theres little that cant be found in San Francisco. The citys ethnic makeup is diverse. Its made up of whites, Asians, Afro-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics. San Francisco has developed an international character that began with its founding and continues today.