In 1958, The Castro was known as Eureka Valley, an Irish, working-class neighborhood, and Bill and Frances Beck were renting rooms at Beck’s Motor Lodge for $5 a night. Their son Eddie, often seen sweeping the parking lot, helped maintain the family motel.
As the neighborhood began to change, history unfolded in front of Beck’s. In the 1970s, Harvey Milk the first openly gay person to be elected to California public office, became The Castro’s most famous resident. The night he was shot and killed, his supporters held a candlelight vigil that marched right past Beck’s doors.