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How Cole Valley Got Its Name
Cole Valley is located in the geographic center of San Francisco. It is bordered by Stanyan Street to the west, Clayton to the east, Carmel Street on the south, Tank Hill on the southeast, and Golden Gate Park and Waller on the northwest and north side.
Famous as the former home to Craig Newmark, what is historically interesting about Cole Valley is that it was more or less founded by a notorious physician turned politician named R. Beverly Cole. “...[I]n in 1858 [Cole] read a committee report before the California State Medical Society. He was chairman of the "Committee on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women." The remarks of the young man of twenty-nine about the chastity of the ladies of California to which so many took exception were:
"…they yield to the solicitations of the opposite sex and seductive allurements of dissipation, and find themselves in a short time the prey of disease. This applies equally to the married and unmarried--and so general is it that I believe I am correct when I estimate two in every three females, who have reached the age of fifteen, to be victims of this dissipation and fashionable life."
He was exonerated, but a lot of people were pissed off for a long time about his sexist remarks denigrating women. Cole was instrumental in founding Golden Gate Park as he proposed that San Francisco develop 1000 acres west of the downtown area into what eventually became Golden Gate Park. He also helped found and laid the cornerstone for what became UCSF Mt. Parnassus.
Nowadays Cole Valley is mostly home to a younger crowd and medical professionals who work at UCSF.