San Francisco in 1849 was the principal port of entry for tens of thousands of Argonauts who stormed into California in search of gold or a new life. One of San Francisco’s notable historic landmarks, the Jenny Lind Theatre, twice destroyed by fire and twice rebuilt, was named for someone who had never visited San Francisco. Jenny Lind was Swedish and spent only two years in the U.S. Yet from the moment she stepped foot on American soil, she became an American sensation, an obsession. Children, towns, streets, theatres, hospitals, locomotives, beds, festivals, islands, you name it, were named after her. Her name is commemorated by a plaque in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey and her likeness appears on the Swedish 50-kronor bill. The only thing missing is a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame or a battleship named after her