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 »
James Antick Collection
The photograph below depicts the Army-Navy foot ball teams in front of a football field at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco circa 1915. James Antick's father played for the Army Mules and went on to serve in the Coast Artillery Corps at the Presidio of San Francisco.
Due to the historic affiliation of goats with the Navy, Bill the Goat is the official Navy mascot. For centuries, goats were frequent passengers on naval ships eating garbage and other undesirable food and providing milk and butter in return. In 1893, El Cid the goat, a gift from the officers of the USS New York, debuted as the Navy's mascot, propelling the Navy to a 6 – 3 victory over the Army. Although other mascots appeared over the years, the goat has served consistently since 1904. He took the name "Billy" in honor of a pet goat kept by Commander Colby M. Chester, Commandant of Midshipmen from 1891 to 1894.
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was a world's fair held in
A grand temporary city was built for the exposition. Buildings were constructed using wood and "staff," a combination of plaster and a burlap fiber, designed to last for one year. An eight-color pastel color theme was selected, complimented by the floral arrangements of landscape architect John McLaren, who also designed
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Did You Know?
A 1° F increase in average temperature seen in California over the last 100 years has led to Sierra snow melting 2 to 4 weeks earlier and flowers blooming 1 to 2 weeks earlier. Temperatures are predicted to increase another 1° to 2° F in the next 25 years.