San Francisco February 09, 2018
These 10 Nostalgic Photos Of San Francisco’s Presidio Park Will Have You Longing For The Good Old Days
Stroll down memory lane and check out how much San Francisco has transformed over the years. The history and photographic splendor of the Presidio needs to be admired. Once a legendary U.S. Army post, the Presidio today provides visitors with museums, restaurants, miles of hiking trails and scenic overlooks with expansive views of the Golden Gate Bridge and city skyline.
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1. Camp Merriam, 1898.
A couple hanging out at Camp Merriam, which was established in 1898. The former camp was located north of the Lombard Street entrance to the Presidio of San Francisco. The camp used to house troops from across the nation.
2. Tent Camps After Earthquake, 1906.
Tent camps were set up following the catastrophic earthquake of 1906. The Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 shirts to be handed out at Tennessee Hollow, the Presidio Golf Course, and Fort Scott.
3. Presidio Entrance, 1915.
The sign for Presidio was located north of Lincoln Boulevard in Thompson Reach. From around 1880 until World War 1, the flower beds and garden spelled out Presidio.
4. San Francisco Bay, 1915.
San Francisco Bay looked empty without the Golden Gate bridge across the bay. This is a view of the harbor at Fort Winfield Scott and an Italian fishing boat on the San Francisco Bay.
5. Opening of Golden Gate Bridge, 1937.
The most visited part of the sprawling Presidio has the word's most famous bridge. Here is a photo of pedestrians walking across the bridge on opening day, May 27, 1937.
6. House Painting, 1937.
Painters working on houses for the federal Works Progress Administration for projects completed in the park, circa 1937. No specific location given in the Presidio.
7. Train at Hospital, 1944.
An action shot of a soldier being put on the Hospital Train at Crissy Field. The Letterman hospital was quite active before extensive cuts and its ultimate closure.
8. The Golden Gate Club, 1952.
The Presidio was still an army base in December 1952. In this photos, Santa Claus greets families at the Christmas Party at the now closed Enlisted Men's Club's, what is now the park's Golden Gate Club.
9. Commissary, 1950s.
The interior of the commissary from the Presidio. The exact date of the photo is unknown, but the image is quite striking. Not many can imagine grocery shopping today in those clothes.
10. Radar at Fort Scott, 1960
This is an odd looking radar in Fort Scott. The Fort was established in 1912 and was used in the 1930s to house the West Point Academy.
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