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 »
Arthur Traxler Collection
Arthur Traxler joined the U.S. Army at Fort Kirk, Nebraska on November 12, 1922. He had always wanted to serve in the Army and joined with the condition that he would serve at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He entrained to San Francisco and spent time on Angel Island before sailing for Hawaii where he was assigned to the 35th Infantry Regiment and attended two weeks of basic training. He then attended the Cooks and Bakers school and was assigned to the mess hall for the duration of his duty in Hawaii.
In 1925, Arthur Traxler returned to the mainland and was discharged. After three weeks of civilian life, he re-enlisted at the Post Dispensary, Building 2 at the Presidio of San Francisco (the building which later became the Presidio Army Museum). In April of 1925, Traxler went to Vancouver Barracks, Washington with the 7th Infantry Regiment. After two years in Vancouver, he was transferred to the 3rd Infantry Regiment. Then, in 1927, he again came to the Presidio of San Francisco and was discharged in 1928.
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Arthur Traxler Collection, GOGA-1766
Arthur Traxler re-enlisted with the Air Corps and was stationed at Crissy Field, a post that required a higher rating. Since he was married, he lived off-base on Divisadero Street. By 1928 he was promoted to the rank of private first class, specialist grade two. At the time, Crissy Field's main designation was for the 91st Observation Wing and the 15th Photo Section, which surveyed the coast, performed military reconnaissance, and other assorted tasks. In total, there were approximately 150 men stationed at the post and their aircraft were kept at the far end of the field later used by the motor pool. Occasionally, the unit would move to Mather Field near Sacramento for gunnery practice. For this the aircraft would fly to Sacramento and the rest of the men would make the trip in trucks requisitioned from surplus materials from World War I.
The holiday programs were donated to the Presidio Army Museum by Arthur Traxler in 1975. The collection also documents the career of Arthur's relative, Lee I. Traxler, who was a Private with the 91st Observation Squadron stationed at Crissy Field at the same time. The featured items are just a sample of the collection, which includes additional programs of the 91st Observation Squadron throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
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Old Post Hospital (Post Dispensary)
Did You Know?
The ornate skeletons of Radiolaria inspired the entrance design of the Paris World Exposition in 1900.