Spanish conquistadors called the area “Los Pechos de la Chola” or “Breasts of the Indian Maiden”. Consequently , the settlers devoted the area to ranching. When San Francisco passed under American control during the 19th century, it was renamed “Twin Peaks”. It has a scenic drive to its 910-foot summit, and offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. Many bird species, insects and vegetation thrive in these areas. Twin Peaks is one of the few remaining habitats for an endangered species; the lycaenid butterfly. To the north is one of the city’s many reservoirs. Furthermore ,the San Francisco Police Department Academy is at the base of the peaks.
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