• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Historical Studies

Below are two Historic Resource Studies of the Presidio of San Francisco. These "preprint" versions do not contain maps or photographs and were published with limited distribution by the National Park Service's Denver Service Center.

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El Presidio de San Francisco:
A History under Spain and Mexico
1776-1846


John Phillip Langelier & Daniel Bernard Rosen

August 1992 (NPS-121)

137 pages, 565 Kb pdf


Defender of the Gate:
The Presidio of San Francisco
A History from 1846 to 1995

Erwin N. Thompson

July 1997 (NPS-330)

645 pages, 1.9 Mb pdf


 

Did You Know?

United States Capitol Building

In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.