Guided Walking Tours with Monika Trobits


Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits

Monika’s book is available at selected, local bookstores (see below).
She has developed a new walking tour, Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco (Tour #2 – info below) in association with her book.

Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco
Monika’s book may be ordered through The History Press’ website. It’s also available for purchase at Green Apple Books (Richmond District) on Clement Street, Books Inc.- San Francisco locations and The Green Arcade on Market @ Gough Street in “The Hub*” (*never heard of it, then please see
Signed copies can also be found at the bookstores at Fort Point and at the Land’s End Lookout.

March Book Presentation / Signing:
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 18: History Guild of Daly City/Colma – meeting site: Doelger Senior Center Café located at
101 Lake Merced Blvd. (bet. John Daly Blvd. and John Muir Drive), Westlake Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. All are welcome!
Monika’s illustrated presentation, “A Western Theater for Northern and Southern Politics” will feature the 1859 Broderick-Terry duel.
Copies of Monika’s book will be available for sale (cash only, please) and signing.

Also, plan to visit: the Daly City History Museum, 6351 Mission Street near John Daly Blvd. Open 12 noon – 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays. Free admission. For more information:

March Book Puzzler:
Grant Avenue, between Clay and Washington Streets, is San Francisco’s oldest street and was named in honor of Union General/President Ulysses S. Grant. Prior to 1876 it was known as Dupont Street and prior to 1846 as La Calle de la Fundación.
But it wasn’t the city’s first paved street. Which one was? Hint: it borders Portsmouth Square.

Find the answer to this puzzler in Monika’s new book (pictured above). For more about that book, please visit the Publications page.

2015 Tour Dates:
(Additional days/dates may be available upon request. Please contact Monika directly.)

Tour #1 – Downtown/Mid-City Journey: Tuesdays: Mar. 17, 24, 31; Apr. 14, 21; May 12, 19. Saturdays, May 2, 30 or by arrangement.

Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in SF:
Thursdays: Mar. 19, 26; Apr 2, 16, 23; May 7, 14, 28.
Fridays: Mar. 20, 27; Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Saturdays: Mar. 21, 28; Apr. 4, 18, 25; May 9, 23.

Tour #3: Not currently offered.

Reserve your spot/s using the Brown Paper Tickets link on this site. For cash purchases, gift-certificate and other certificate redemptions, you must contact Monika directly at
Reservations must be made by e-mail and must include the booking #.

Please note:
Check-in times begin 10-15 minutes before the designated start-time for each respective tour. Be courteous to your guide and fellow tour attendees by arriving on time for your tour and by letting Monika know if you can’t make the tour.

Advice for visiting or living in San Francisco: Be open-minded and have a sense of humor!

March travel quote:
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau, American author (1817-1862).

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The Walking Tours

Tour #1: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 1

The Downtown/Mid-City Journey
Duration | 9:30 a.m. – approx. 4:45 p.m.
Offered | Please check current tour dates noted above.

Not the average sightseeing tour but rather an opportunity to experience San Francisco from a different perspective. Join Monika for an eclectic walking/riding (public transport) tour tracing San Francisco’s transition from an 18th century pueblo to the booming 19th century mining town leading to its becoming the Queen City of the West and finally emerging as the modern metropolis of the 21st century . . .
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Tour #2 The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 2

The Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco
Duration | 10 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
Offered | Selected Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (See Tour Schedule above for dates).

This tour celebrates Monika’s new book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics. It focuses on those eras in mid-19th century San Francisco which coincided with a worldwide migration to the city seeking gold and silver riches. Join Monika on a walking/riding tour visiting historic sites that remain from the city’s earliest days. Learn about the daily dramas and colorful characters, both on and off local theater stages, that frequented San Francisco during the years leading up to and during the Civil War. . .
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Tour #3: The Grand Tour of San Francisco – Part 3

The Northern Waterfront Journey: Telegraph Hill to the Ferry Building
Duration | N/A
Offered | Not currently offered.

Explore Loma Alta, the “high hill,” and discover its origins and transitions with Monika, your guide for this memorable journey. Visit the landmark structure that crowns Telegraph Hill. View and learn about the magnificent murals in Coit Tower . . .
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About Your Guide

Monika Trobits is a street-wise, native New Yorker and a long-time San Francisco resident of more than three decades. Within a few years of arriving in Northern California, she began her on-going, formal and informal study of San Francisco’s and California’s history, architecture, politics, art, unique features and culturally-diverse neighborhoods. Doing all of that inspired her to seek opportunities to become a walking tour docent and tour guide so that she could lead tours of her adopted city for anyone who would show up and listen. She’s been successfully doing that since 1989. Her presentations are engaging, comprehensive, witty and historically accurate. She leads visitors and residents alike on enjoyable and insightful journeys through San Francisco’s districts. Learn More
Walking Tours through San Francisco with Monika Trobits