History & Culture
The history and culture of Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes the stories of the Ohlone and Coast Miwok communities, Mexican dairy farms and rural landscapes, the U.S. military and its expansive development of seacoast defenses and elegant early 20th century recreational baths and gardens.
Golden Gate National Receation Area encompasses a wide variety of history and resources. The park manages over 700 historic buildings, including 5 National Historic Landmarks and represent one of the country's largest collection of military installations and fortifications. There are over 60 recorded archeological sites, including sites from the Spanish and Mexican periods. Visit the following pages to learn more about our history and available resources.
Learn about the people who shaped Golden Gate, including Adolph Sutro, John Muir, Major Dana Crissy, the Ohlone and Coast Miwok, the Portuguese dairy farmers and Congressman Phillip Burton
Learn about how the park professionals preserve and rehabilitate historic buildings and military batteries, document and protect historic archeological sites, historic landscapes and landscape features, such as historic railroad tracks.
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Park Archives and Records Center (PARC) is a valuable resource for research. We have finding aids for many of our historic sites and subjects and can help with all types of research including publications, exhibitions and student work.
To help us learn more about our resources, we have produced a wide variety of documents, including historic building reports, cultural landscape reports, preservation manuals and historic resource studies. Many of these documents are now available on-line for the public.