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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

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."