CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
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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A History under Spain and Mexico
John Phillip Langelier & Daniel Bernard Rosen
August 1992 (NPS-121)
137 pages, 565 Kb pdf
Erwin N. Thompson
July 1997 (NPS-330)
645 pages, 1.9 Mb pdf
Did You Know?
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."