Barracks and Cemeteries and Lover’s Lane – Oh My!

The Presidio (Spanish for fort), which lies to the south of the Golden Gate Bridge, emerged in the mid-90s from its long military history which dates back to the Spanish settlement in 1776. Part of the GGNRA (Golden Gate National Recreation Area), it is run by the Presidio Trust and the NPS. You can visit…

Check out Books, Building and More at SF’s Main Library

It took an act of the California congress – the Rogers Act of 1878 – and the advocacy of Andrew Hallidie, inventor of the cable car, to create San Francisco’s first public library in 1879. In those days, only men were hired as librarians. Today – a few buildings and librarians (both male and female)…

A Walk in the Park: Kew the Conservatory

The Conservatory of Flowers, which resembles a huge wood and glass bird cage, was modeled after the greenhouse at London’s Key Gardens. Located in Golden Gate Park and opened in 1879, it’s the oldest glass-and-wood Victorian greenhouse in the Western Hemisphere. Dracula plant (Named for its “fangs.”) The Conservatory is a living museum comprised of…