During the past week, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá attended the annual convention of the National Irrigation Congress in Salt Lake City, then made the final leg of his long train journey to the west coast. He arrived in San Francisco in the early morning hours of October 3, 1912, and was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle later that morning.
The next five days stand out as the most eventful of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s entire trip to America. He addresses 2,000 at Leland Stanford Junior University in Palo Alto, speaks on evolution at the Open Forum in San Francisco, and is welcomed to the Temple Emanu-El by its chief Rabbi, Dr. Martin Meyer, where he delivers his longest talk in America. He then prepares to visit Phoebe Hearst’s 1,900 acre estate, the Hacienda del Pozo de Verona, just outside of San Francisco in Pleasanton.