Category Archives: “lost” golden gate park

features that have disappeared from the park

perils of the park: man beaten in early morning attack

Lately there have been reports of some violent incidents in Golden Gate Park, fueling official discussions about possibly restricting use of the park at night.  This echoes for me a long journalistic tradition, commencing in the nineteenth century, focusing on … Continue reading

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hunting wild animals in golden gate park in 1905

A full page, illustrated article in the Sunday, August 27, 1905 edition of the San Francisco Call celebrated the many animals housed in the park at that time.  The “head keeper,” William Leland was in charge, and his duties including birthing … Continue reading

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a grizzly story: bear pit long gone!

This bear pit was formerly located at the west end of what is now the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.  It’s one of the more colorful “lost” sites in the park;  one that lives on in civic … Continue reading

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turning sewage sludge into gold!?

Turns out there is fascinating precedent for water recycling in Golden Gate Park!  The following information is from a paper entitled:  “The Beautification and Irrigation of Golden Gate Park with Activated Sludge Effluent,” written in 1937 by Charles Gilman Hyde, Professor … Continue reading

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