On this day in 1846, the United States raised the American flag in the central plaza of San Francisco, claiming U.S. settlement. In honor of America’s taking of the city previously named Yerba Buena, here is a view north from atop the Golden Gate Bridge in 1955. 
See more photos on LIFE.com here. 
(Photo: Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) 

On this day in 1846, the United States raised the American flag in the central plaza of San Francisco, claiming U.S. settlement. In honor of America’s taking of the city previously named Yerba Buena, here is a view north from atop the Golden Gate Bridge in 1955. 

See more photos on LIFE.com here. 

(Photo: Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) 

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