Select any of the following links to learn more about Golden Gate’s various themes and stories.
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition
Learn how San Francisco hosted the 1915 World's Fair.
The Civil War at Golden Gate
Learn about the park's many Civil War military posts that the Union Army built to protect the San Francisco Bay from enemy invasion.
Learn how in 1969, a group of American Indians occupied Alcatraz to highlight their protest against the government's policies.
San Francisco Port of Embarkation
Learn how the San Francisco Port of Embarkation, located at Fort Mason, functioned as the U.S. Army's largest shipping center for the Pacific Theater.
Defending San Francisco Bay
Learn how first Spain, then Mexico and then the United States fortified the Bay against enemy invasion.
Creation of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Learn about the social, environmental and political forces that helped create this park.
Marin Headlands Agriculture
Learn about the history of this abundant penisula and the significant people who shaped the landscape.
The UN Memorial at Muir Woods
Learn about the 1945 memorial service for President Roosevelt held at Muir Woods.
Buffalo Soldiers in the Park
Learn how African American Infantry and Cavalry troops protected California's National Parks during the early 1900's.
The State Belt Railroad
Learn how this state-operated railroad played a signficant role in the development of the Panama Pacific International Exposition and the Presidio.
The Broderick-Terry Duel
Learn how this 1859 duel played a role in the Civil War and how Fort Mason was home to San Francisco's anti-slavery movement.
The Dipsea Race
Learn about the historic footrace that crosses through the park.
Last Updated: 07/29/2015