The Summer of 1967 was a special time in San Francisco. Already a haven for weirdos of all stripes, that summer the Haight-Ashbury district became the gathering place for hippies, beatniks, and everyone else disillusioned with mainstream society. It was the most idyllic time and place to be a hippie in America, away from the race riots happening across the rest of the country, before hippies became targets for their opposition to the war in Vietnam. The Grateful Dead was still a relatively unknown local band.
Thousands of people gathered in Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers and Haight Street, an area which eventually became known as “Hippie Hill.” [Read more…]