At a peak elevation of 928 feet, Mt. Davidson is the highest point in the City and County of San Francisco. The neighborhoods of Glen Park, Miraloma Heights, Westwood Highlands, and Sherwood Forest sit on its slopes, but the very tip top of the hill is privately owned. Within the private land is a large concrete cross, installed in the 1930s as a monument to early California pioneers, and visible from far away. That land wasn’t always private, though. As time went on, people became increasingly frustrated by a religious symbol being so prominent in city park land, citing that it violates separation of church and state. The City didn’t just want to get rid of it, though, because it does have historic significance. They solved the problem by auctioning the little patch of land that contains the cross to the highest bidder, which is why the top of San Francisco’s highest hill doesn’t belong to the City itself.
So, here’s Mt. Davidson! His hair is meant to represent the eucalyptus trees that cover the hill, his skin is red like the chert rock that makes up most of the slopes, his pants are dark gray like the pillow basalt rock closer to the base, his shirt represents the rows of colorful houses that line the slopes, and the cross necklace should be obvious.