Halfway down Funston Avenue, the Alameda (Spanish for “avenue”) served as the official entrance to the Presidio from the 1860’s until 1895. During this period, cannonballs lined the streets as a form of decorative curbing and soldiers stood guard at the U.S. Army’s preeminent western post.
Today, little evidence of the Alameda remains other than the four large Victorian houses that border the old post entrance where Presidio Boulevard meets Funston Avenue.
Did You Know?
In the three days following the 1906 earthquake, the Army's refugee camps at the Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 12,000 shelter halves, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 regulation blue shirts.