“Goat Hill” is a nickname for Potrero Hill that dates to the neighborhood’s early 20th century semi-rural days, when cows, chickens and goats grazed streets and backyards. Goat footprints in cement circa 1920 can be found in front of Goat Hill Pizza. Goat Hilda lived in the building’s backyard from 1975 to 1985. The Potrero Hill Archives Project’s Abby Johnston and Peter Linenthal, pictured here, went with a goat theme while staffing their table at this year’s History Days at the Old Mint last month. The free event attracted more than 400 presenters, authors, volunteers, and exhibitors from a variety of San Francisco history groups, who entertained in excess of 6,000 visitors. Johnston and Linenthal are working on a book for Arcadia Publishing on Dogpatch, long considered a part of Potrero. Contact them if you have interesting images of that neighborhood.
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