The Evolution of Crissy Field


Crissy Field is the center of many stories from land conservation and military history to restoration and community to art and recreation. New stories are constantly being created as more than a million people visit Crissy Field every year. Check out the video above or the timeline below to learn more.

  • First Inhabitants: For thousands of years, native Ohlone traveled from local villages to what we now call Crissy Field. They hunted and gathered food here as well as families played games and held ceremonies.

  • 1700-1840s: Crissy Field is an important landing site for Spanish and Russian explorers. In 1776, Spanish colonists establish a colony.

  • 1912-1915: The marshlands are filled for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.

  • 1919-1936: The Army Air Service establishes and operates a coastal defense air station, named in 1921 after Major Dana H. Crissy, who was killed during a transcontinental aerial endurance test that originated here.

  • 1924: The U.S. Army becomes the first to complete a round-the-world flight, when after 175 days, the plane lands triumphantly at Crissy Field.

  • 1994: The Presidio is transferred from the U.S. Army to the National Park Service, creating 150 acres of public parkland at Crissy Field.

  • 2001: Crissy Field is transformed from a military storage yard to a spectacular shoreline national park after a capital campaign and widespread public support.

What will your Crissy Field story be? We invite you to help create it.

Last updated: August 8, 2018

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