CA-SAN FRANCISCO-EMPORIUM-SANTA IN SLEIGH-DECEMBER CALENDAR. At Christmas time, all the big dept. stores would have elaborate Christmas scenes in their windows. The Emporium was no exception. They always had a huge Christmas tree in the lobby. It was beautiful but to a little girl, it was a fairy tale.
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The oldest surviving monument in San Francisco, Lotta's fountain was donated by singer/dancer Lotta Crabtree in 1875. Lotta began her career as a young girl performing for miners in gold country and went on to become one of America's most popular stage performers. After the earthquake in 1906, the fountain, which was one of the few remaining structures on Market Street, became a central meeting place for San Franciscans. The fountain is modeled after a set piece from one of her plays.