There are certianly older parts of the city than the Haight-Ashbury. It was not part of the Gold rRush of 1849. Part of the underdeveloped Western part of the city, it was a place that you would bury your dead. It once had many cemeteries but they were removed due to the city wanting to expand. The Haight-Ashbury district started as a middle class neighborhood around 1890. Golden gate park was commisioned in 1870 and within 20 years it was a huge success for San Francisco. People wanted a more quiet place to raise their children away from the busier parts of the city.
Access to Golden Gate Park allowed homes to start being built in this part of the city once thought of as "too cold to inhabit." This once called "Wastelands" was now becoming quite popular as a sort of suburbia area of San Francisco. The area grew and certianly had its share of tragedies. Later, by the 1960's it became a place of love and peace for the hippy generation and had it's share of famous rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and bands like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead.
The "Summer of Love" was a wonderful idea but there was a sinister side to that time too. Drugs played a key role in a lot of the tragedy that took place there at the time. The area had way too many runaways looking for a part in the incredible era. The neighborhood could not substain all those new people and several ened up on the streets and were murdered, committed suicide or overdosed.
The 1970's was a time people referred to the area as "The HATE." I have uncovered countless articles of murders, suicides and overdoses there. These intense energies have lingered in the Haight and several ghost stories have developed because of them. We hope you may consider joining us on of our Haunted SF San Francisco tours here in The Haunted Haight Walking Tour. We would love to spend the evening with you on your very own San Francisco SF Ghost Hunting Excursion Adventure Tour!