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Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

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Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

(p.329) Golden Gate Park
San Francisco in the 1930s

David Kipen

University of California Press

Few demonstrations of man's mastery over nature have been more convincing than the creation of Golden Gate Park: that long stretch of evergreen outdoors—nine city blocks wide and four and a half miles long—cutting a swath from the heart of the city to the ocean's shore. Its grassy meadows and limpid lakes, its forested hills that alternate in the apparent confusion of a natural wilderness, interlaced with winding roadways, bridle paths, and foot trails. When the city set out to create a park here in 1870, these 1,017 acres were a windswept desert. “Of all the elephants the city of San Francisco ever owned,” said the Santa Rosa Democrat in 1873, “they now have the largest and heaviest in the shape of Golden Gate Park, a dreary waste of shifting sand hills where a blade of grass cannot be raised without four posts to support it and keep it from blowing away.”

Keywords:   Golden Gate Park, lakes, hills, wilderness, desert, roadways, foot trails

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