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

    Presidio of San Francisco


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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.

Click on the titles to download the documents in pdf format. You may then search for words or phrases in the document using Acrobat's find features; use the Acrobat "hand tool" to scroll through the Table of Contents and select chapters and subchapters.

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

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?

Franciscan monk

In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."