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When the nation’s first gold rush enveloped Uptown in the 1820’s, developers also unearthed a gem in the bordering land to the south. Although it wouldn’t gain its catchy South End  title until 1994, the area became an extension of the Uptown gold mining district. Ingenuity struck again in 1893, when Daniel Augustus Tompkins opened Atherton Cotton Mill. Flour mills and more followed suit, making South End the city’s first industrial park. Today, that booming mill town past is still at the heart of this district-the cotton mills (now called Atherton Mill and Market) serve as galleries, furniture studios and trendy housing- but the neighborhood is even more tightly wound into the fabric of the city. The 2007 addition of the LYNX Blue Line light rail has made whizzing to Uptown and back a breeze. Young professionals scoop up apartments and condos in the historic-turned-trendy neighborhood, making it a hotbed for craft beer, culinary creativity and cultural celebrations. Make sure to visit the highly acclaimed O-Ku Sushi restaurant, praised by many publications and guests in Atherton Mill also.

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