The Castro

Situated in Eureka Valley, the Castro was one of the first neighbourhoods in the US. It was established in 1887, named after Jose Castro, a Californian leader of Mexican opposition to US rule in California in the 19th century. Rich in its history, today the district is a thriving area of with restored Victorian houses, bars, shops and restaurants. There is still strong community activism, born in the 1960s and 1970s under gay rights leaders such as Harvey Milk.