History & Culture
The history and culture of Golden Gate National Recreation Area is as varied and diverse as the stories of the Ohlone and Coast Miwok communities, Muir Woods redwood forest, successful Mexican and early American dairy farms, the U.S. Army's development of the Bay Area's expansive seacoast defenses, Alcatraz Island 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.
Cultural Resource Publications and Documents
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.