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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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Main Post

The Main Post--the heart of the Presidio--marks the site of a Spanish garrison established here in 1776. This historic site served as a Spanish military base for forty-five years, fell under Mexican control for twenty-five years and--starting in 1846--was an important U.S. Army post for over 140 years. The Presidio's oldest existing buildings are found on the Main Post.
 
Main post map
A map of the Main Post
 

Sites on the Presidio's Main Post:

 

Did You Know?

U.S. Army major rank insignia

In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.