Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Mysterious Statues at Land's End - Part 2
July 08, 2013
In our last Archaeology Behind the Scenes blog post, we talked about the mysterious, vanishing statues at Adolph Sutro’s home and gardens at Land’s End: Where did the statues come from? Why did they disappear? Where are they now? In this post, we’ll explore another exciting archaeological discovery that brought more information to light about these intriguing statues…
A few weeks ago, while cataloging the collection of artifacts from Sutro Heights which contained our last discovery, we found another statuary fragment with a maker’s mark:
The artifact is hollow on the inside and smoothed on the exterior, and appears to be a statue pedestal base. Although not all of the mark is visible, based on the faint outline of the letters we thought that "Rosher" seemed like a good guess for a manufacturer name. Using the ever-trusty-in-historical-archaeology GoogleBooks, we ran a search for "Rosher", "garden", and "statue" in literature of the late 19th century to see what we could find. A number of garden and horticulture periodicals popped up, and we were almost immediately able to identify a possible maker for our artifact: F. Rosher and Co.
In time, we discovered that F. Rosher and Co. became perhaps most well recognized for their ornamental items, which they displayed in architectural and horticultural exhibitions across England:
"Messrs. F. Rosher and Co., of Upper Ground-street, are large exhibitors of vases, fountains, and statues, rustic seats and garden-tiles…"Although we were unable to find any information positively identifying our maker's mark "ROSHE…///CHE…" to this company, the time period, type of ornamental artifact made, and their prominence at trade shows gave credence to the idea that F. Rosher and Co. was indeed our manufacturer.
Recognize any familiar faces? (We've added the red circles for a hint.)
Each of the eleven red-circled figures from the catalog formally matches a statue at Sutro Heights, as evidenced through historic photographs.
 Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=hYEcAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA258&dq=%22f.+rosher%22&hl=en&ei=86okTvnyEJDGsAPr0PnqCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CE8Q6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=%22f.%20rosher%22&f=false )
 Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=NVYCAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA434&dq=%22f.+rosher%22&hl=en&ei=HK0kTtnvE4W6sQOLqYSECQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ6AEwATgU#v=onepage&q=%22f.%20rosher%22&f=false
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GGNRA owns two of these rare, wood-frame shacks, built in 1906 to shelter survivors of the famous San Francisco earthquake. Now located at the Presidio, these shacks once comprised 24 city blocks and at peak occupancy, housed a total of 16,448 refugees.