Vulcan and Saturn Steps

Unfinished History

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The Vulcan Steps at Ord Street not long after they were first laid out, Oct. 23, 1925.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library

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Vulcan Steps from top, looking down, July 2009.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

Among the many amazing stairways in San Francisco, the two off Ord Street on the northwest slopes of Eureka Valley, Vulcan and Saturn, are really fantastic. They are a fun way to traverse the steep slopes up to Corona Heights, or if you are on your way from the Castro to the Haight, they provide a scenic alternative to the usual streets.

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Saturn steps at Ord Street.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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View across Eureka Valley and the Mission from Saturn Steps, July 2009.

Photo: Chris Carlsson


Saturn Street west at Temple, with Roosevelt Way at top of hill at right, Oct. 23, 1925.

Photo: SFDPW, courtesy C. R.collection

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