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The first time I was in San Francisco was in 1960. I came into Fort Mason
on a Navy Ship and went over to Presidio (it was an Army Base until
1989). I was only there a few days and then went to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Ft. Mason is about 1/8 mile west of Fisherman's Warf.
Presidio is about 1 mile west of Fisherman's Warf

Information about Presidio

ACREAGE: 1,491 acres
Entire Presidio designated a National Historic Landmark

870 structures, 470 classified as historic structures
300 acres of Presidio historic forest to be maintained as part of a cultural landscape
Coastal defense structures and ordnance spanning over 200 years of history

Approximately 800 acres open space and 145 acres native plant communities
Presidio has 13 threatened, endangered or candidate plant species
Spectacular exposures of serpentinite and other subduction zone related rocks on the coastal bluffs
Presidio is located on San Francisco Bay with scenic views of the City, Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Angel Island, and Alcatraz Island

Pre-1776: Native Americans of the Ohlone tribe harvested resources in the area to provide for food and shelter
1776: Presidio established by Spanish
1822: Mexico assumes control of Presidio
1846: United States takes over the post (John Fremont owned the land. The United States Government took the land from him and never paid him a penny).
1972: Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) created; Presidio included within GGNRA boundaries
1989: Army announces the Presidio will close as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act
1994: Presidio transferred to National Park Service
1998: Management of non-coastal areas of the Presidio transferred to the Presidio Trust

Nowhere in the National Park System is the span and variety of history comparable to the 219-year continuum of the Presidio's use as a military garrison by Spain, Mexico, and the United States
U.S. Army maintained a post at the Presidio for nearly 150 years. Presidio's garrison has included troops from all major combat arms: infantry, cavalry, artillery
Presidio cavalry troops (including some of the African-American regiments nicknamed "Buffalo Soldiers") served as "park rangers" protecting and maintaining Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon (General Grant) National Parks before establishment of the National Park Service
Presidio played a critical role in providing aid to the City's 1906 earthquake victims
Crissy Field was the only Army Airfield continually active in the western U.S. from 1919-1936
During World War II, Presidio was home to Nisei (Japanese-American) soldiers training at the Military Intelligence Service Language School, which was the precursor of the current Defense Language School in Monterey, California

01. See the top of the Golden Gate Bridge

02. Comandantes House

03. Fort Mason is about 1 mile east of Precidio

04. Fort Mason is about 1 mile east of Precidio

05. Presidio Pet Cemetery

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07. San Francisco from Presidio

08. Presidio National Cemetery

09. Presidio National Cemetery

10. Presidio National Cemetery

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23.Taken from Presidio looking toward Alcatraz

24. Taken from Presidio looking toward San Francisco

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