History & Culture
The history and culture of Golden Gate National Recreation Area is as varied and diverse as the stories of the Ohlone and Coast Miwok communities, Muir Woods redwood forest, successful Mexican and early American dairy farms, the U.S. Army's development of the Bay Area's expansive seacoast defenses, Alcatraz Island and elegant early 20th century recreational baths and gardens. Explore the following links to learn more about the people, places and stories of Golden Gate.
Learn about the Native Americans, the officers and soldiers, the immigrants, the influential women and the innovators who have shaped the history of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Learn about how the park professionals rehabilitate, preserve and maintain historic buildings, landscapes, structures and archeological sites.
Cultural Resource Publications and Documents
The park has produced a wide variety of documents, including historic building reports, cultural landscape reports, preservation manuals and historic resource studies. Many of these documents are now available on-line for the public.
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