Category: San Francisco Parks Plazas & Public Squares

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Antecedents to San Francisco’s Dolores Park

In early August 1859, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approves the establishment of a Jewish Cemetery in the Mission District–the location is not yet determined. Congregations Emanu-El and Sherith Israel relocate their small Spring Valley Jewish cemetery to the recently surveyed and platted Mission lands. The old Spring Valley cemetery, located at the corner of today’s Gough and Vallejo streets, was…

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NBC Bay Area: Defunct San Francisco Reservoir to be Turned Into Park

Defunct San Francisco Reservoir to be Turned Into Park | NBC Bay Area. San Francisco’s newest neighborhood park will be atop of Russian Hill, located at the old San Francisco City Works Reservoir at Larkin and Francisco streets. The old San Francisco City Works operated a flume that delivered city water from Mountain Lake in the Presidio to two reservoirs…

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History of San Francisco’s Parks, Plazas, & Public Squares

The History of San Francisco’s Park & Plazas will be a series of articles exploring the history of San Francisco’s parks, plazas, and public squares. Why San Francisco? As a Bay Area resident from 2000-2008 I became very interested in the city of San Francisco as a historical subject. One of my research interests includes how changes in the built environment…

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