This 100-acre park in the city’s northwestern corner offers superb views of downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands. Its main features are an 18-hole public golf course and the Legion of Honor museum, with its collections of European paintings, European decorative arts and sculpture — including a series of masterworks by Auguste Rodin — and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the largest repository of works of art on paper in the western United States.
From 1868 until 1909, the land where Lincoln Park now lies was a cemetery, known variously as Golden Gate Cemetery, City Cemetery, and Potter’s Field. Thousands were interred here, including more than 4,000 Chinese residents, as well as members of the Italian, French, Japanese, Serbian, and other ethnic communities of early San Francisco.
It was also the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first improved road for automobiles that crossed the U.S. from Times Square (NYC) to San Francisco. The highway was started in 1913.
When the Legion of Honor museum was renovated and retrofitted for earthquakes, Gold Rush-era remains and artifacts from the former cemetery were discovered still buried below the museum grounds.
Be sure to find the magnificent beaux arts-inspired public art installation that serves residents and visitors alike at the western end of California Street! It's all part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 32nd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121.
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