Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine
Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine is a lively, informative, and entertaining walking tour of historic San Francisco led by Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. The tours last approximately 2.75 hours and is two miles long. Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine departs Thursdays & Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. from Union Square. Advance reservations requested. Subject to availability. Learn the fascinating stories behind: Emperor Norton, the man and the myths • Union Square • The St. Francis Hotel • Maiden Lane • Lotta's Fountain • The 1906 earthquake and fire • Bummer & Lazarus • The Palace Hotel • Jackson Square • The Barbary Coast • Portsmouth Square • and much more!
Joseph Amster is a tour guide, journalist, historian, California native, and resident of San Francisco. As a journalist, he served as editor various magazines. With the rise of the Internet, Joseph found journalism jobs few and far between. In 2011, he and partner Rick Shelton founded Time Machine Tours. Because of their backgrounds in the performing arts, they decided to offer historical walking tours as characters from San Francisco history. Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine launched in July, 2011. Joseph combined his love of history with his culinary background to also offer San Francisco Food Safari, a shopping tour of the North Beach and Mission Districts. He is available for charter tours, lectures, weddings, and special events.
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