• To a traveler paying his first visit, [San Francisco] has the interest of a new planet. It ignores the meteorological laws which govern the rest of the world.

    Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1870). “The Heart of the Continent: A Record of Travel Across the Plains and in Oregon, with an Examination of the Mormon Principle”, p.409, New York : Hurd and Houghton ; Cambridge : Riverside Press