An Islay cherry blossom. This is an evergreen cherry that once grew wild on the San Francisco peninsula. The fruit was an important ingredient for a fermented drink made by the native Ohlone people. Spanish settlers borrowed the Ohlone word to name the Islais Creek along which the trees grew. Later, the city’s slaughterhouse industry was zoned next to the creek and it was common for them to dump their waste into it, earning the nickname ‘Shit Creek’. After the 1906 earthquake, the creek was filled in with debris and ultimately became Cesar Chavez Street. A portion of the creek still flows in Glen Canyon Park.

An Islay cherry blossom. This is an evergreen cherry that once grew wild on the San Francisco peninsula. The fruit was an important ingredient for a fermented drink made by the native Ohlone people. Spanish settlers borrowed the Ohlone word to name the Islais Creek along which the trees grew. Later, the city’s slaughterhouse industry was zoned next to the creek and it was common for them to dump their waste into it, earning the nickname ‘Shit Creek’. After the 1906 earthquake, the creek was filled in with debris and ultimately became Cesar Chavez Street. A portion of the creek still flows in Glen Canyon Park.