The Sacred Number 49

The number 49 is found all over San Francisco, which is seven miles by seven miles, or 49 square miles.  San Francisco was born during the Gold Rush of 1849, and her first wave of immigrants are known as “49’ers.”  San Francisco’s football team, which is named after these pioneers, joined the NFL in 1949.  The highway which runs through Gold Country is Highway 49, and the most famous route through San Francisco is the 49 Mile scenic drive.  San Francisco’s symbol, the phoenix, rises from the ashes “seven times seven,” or 49 times.  San Francisco’s founding Mission Church is devoted to “Our Lady of Seven Sorrows,” who is depicted with seven swords piercing her heart.  The Mater Delorosa’s litanies are sung in 49 voices, and her rosary has 49 beads.

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