San Francisco's Presidio

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What was once home to the native tribe known as the Ohlone, and functioning as guardian of the San Francisco Bay under Spanish, Mexican, and American flags, the Presidio has served as outpost as well as cultural barometer of the vast changes this country and the state of California have seen. For almost a century and a half, the U.S. military transformed these grounds into a logistical centerpiece for every American conflict and created a pioneering airfield for early flight experiments. The Presidio served as the headquarters for the Western Defense Command during World War II and until its closure in 1994. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area then embraced a unique opportunity to develop the Presidio into a mixed-use area where it once again became an influential icon as development tackled various social, cultural, and environmental issues to point northern California into a new century while simultaneously tracing this country's past.
ISBN: 9780738529868
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
As a docent at the Presidio and the third generation of his family to be stationed there, author Robert W. Bowen has a unique grasp of the subtleties that have shaped its path. As past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club and a member of the Fort Point and Presidio Historical Association, as well as the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, he brings to these pages a captivating assortment of historical images, and the stories that go with them, to capture the essence of what life was really like at the Presidio.
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