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The Barbary Coast -- Rebuilt In Miniature at the Conservatory of Flowers

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A Barbary Coast version of Union Square, in miniature, at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

One of San Francisco's most famous historical periods is the Gold Rush era ... and the rough-and-tumble days of the Barbary Coast.

The Barbary Coast, of course, was the dockside neighborhood that Gold Rush pioneers, pirates and other colorful characters made famous -- and infamous.

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is holding an exhibit dedicated to this part of San Francisco's history, which runs until April 14, 2013.

Lau Hodges, director of exhibitions and operation at the Conservatory of Flowers, took KQED's Stephanie Martin on a tour of the Barbary Coast "garden railway" -- a whimsical botanical experience that includes model trains, miniature clipper ships and re-creations of the city's most important Gold Rush-era landmarks.

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A section of the Barbary Coast in minature at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

For more information, visit Boomtown: Barbary Coast at the Conservatory of Flowers.

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