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“The Castro” or “Eureka Valley”: What do you call it?

May 23rd, 2012

Whether you’ve lived in San Francisco for decades or days, there are always fun factoids to learn about our fair city. This week, we went down the Google rabbit-hole trying to find out whether there was a difference between the Castro & Eureka Valley, and where the names came from.

Noe, Castro, Sanchez, Valencia and Guerrero were all prominent Mexican ranchers, according to the Noe Hill blog, for whom streets and peaks were named in 1854. Wikipedia confirms that the Twin Peaks are named Noe Peak and Eureka Peak and therefore lend their names to the valleys below them. And Wikipedia further clarifies that the Castro is technically a neighborhood within Eureka Valley.

Why was it named Eureka Peak instead of honoring another Mexican rancher? That stems from the gold rush era, when “eureka” became the state motto of California after gold was found in Sutter’s Mill in 1848.

No matter what you call it, it’s a fabulous area! Contact us if you’re interested in becoming a part of the neighborhood.