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August 11, 2007

The Yerba Buena Island Bridge

Bay_bridge Bummer and Lazarus were two stray dogs that roamed the streets of San Francisco between 1861 and 1865. They became famous for their expertise at killing the rats that infested the city in those days, and for their unique bond of friendship. Newspapers vied with each other in reporting their escapades, whether it was stealing a bone from another dog, getting locked overnight inside a jewelry store, or stopping a runaway horse and cart on Clay Street. On June 16, 1862, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors exempted them from a strict ordinance that banned all dogs downtown without a leash and/or muzzle, and allowed them to roam, unfettered, wherever they wished…

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There: 1971, from the Bay Bridge (Originals by Bruce Steinberg)

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