The Presidio is where San Francisco began.
This inspiring setting at the Golden Gate was home to native peoples for thousands of years. In 1776, Spain established a miltary fort on this land. After winning its independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico controlled the post and established a new pueblo nearby called Yerba Buena (later known as the city of San Francisco).
In 1846 the Presidio became a U.S. Army post. Generations of soldiers passed through its gates, serving our nation around the world.
The Army departed in 1994, and the Presidio became a national park site. Today, the Presidio welcomes all with its beauty, nature, history, recreation, and family activities.