|Brisbane, CA - Sharon Hart Darlin - Some rights reserved|
|Seven Mile House - turn of century|
Built in 1853 - Sports Bar and Grill today
In the 1920s Arthur Annis, stating that the name Visitacion City a handicap as it lay too close to the San Francisco district of the same name, proposed the name Brisbane instead. Conflicting stories state the name came from the port city of Brisbane, Queensland (Annis' daughter's version) or from newspaper columnist Arthur Brisbane who had a home in the area.
The railroad yard was finally built during World War I but it wasn't until 1929 that the area began to grow. Annis sold lots during the depression by offering payments as low as $16 a month. By 1933 there were more than 400 homes. Soon the area had a Fire Department, a resident physician, churches and numerous civic and social organizations.
Brisbane was incorporated in 1961. In 2010 the population of the thriving community was 4282.
Brisbane is known as the City of Stars because of a holiday tradition established over half a century ago. At the start of the Christmas/Hanukkah season, many residents and business owners place large (3'-8') illuminated stars, on the downhill sides of homes and offices throughout the city. The Chamber of Commerce has been active in enabling the stars to be given out free of charge to both businesses and residents since it's inception in 1944.
- City of Brisbane
- Brisbane - Wikipedia
- A Brief History of Brisbane. California
- Spread of City along Peninsula - SF Call
- Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
- Brisbane Municipal Code
- Brisbane - City Data
- Images of America - Brisbane - Arcadia Publishing
- 1938 Map showing Visitacion City
- Why Brisbane?
- Same, Same but Different: Brisbane CA
- Born of Fire: In Praise of Brisbane Volunteers, Brisbane Fire Dept. Commemorative Committee 1992 (oral history available in SMC Library - Brisbane)
- A Spirit of Independence: A History of Brisbane before Incorporation", Oral History Associated, SF 1986
- Brisbane, City of Stars: The First Twenty-Five Years 1961-1986 The Associated, Sausalito 1989 (oral history available in SMC Library - Brisbane)