Now And Then

Ghosts of the Golden Gate

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is rich in cultural and natural history. Our goal with Ghosts of the Golden Gate is to tell the park's story by matching beautiful and fascinating archival photographs with photos from today. Join us as we reveal the hidden history of familiar locations. The galleries of this collection showcase images from a vast range of lands in San Francisco and the history of the diverse people that occupied them.

black and white photo of crowd coming out of "sutro baths and museum"

Lands End / Sutro Baths

Since 1863, visitors have flocked to San Francisco’s western shore to enjoy sweeping ocean views. The concrete ruins just north of the Cliff House are the remains of the grand Sutro Baths. You can find these historic sites on the north end of Ocean Beach, where Geary Boulevard and the Great Highway converge
military men replace a tire

Crissy Field

From 1921 to 1936 Crissy Army Airfield was the center of West Coast military aviation. During these years of explosive advances in air power, pilots from Crissy performed maneuvers and mock battles, flew endurance flights, surveyed the west by air, and scouted for forest fires. A major restoration of the airfield area was completed in 2001.
If you have any questions or additional information on the historic images, please contact the Park Archives and Records Center’s reference archivist at 415-561-2807 or e-mail us. This collection, curated and photographed by Ted Barone.

Last updated: June 21, 2018

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