The Presidio Trust


In partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and at no cost to taxpayers, the Presidio Trust brings alive the unique historic, natural, and recreational assets of the Presidio for the inspiration, education, health, and enjoyment of all people.

Featured Fun

For San Francisco History Days 2020, the Presidio Trust is presenting an online exhibition that includes curated materials from their program, and a live presentation on the history of the Quartermaster Reach site that is being restored this year.

Map of the Tunnel Tops and Quartermaster Reach sites.


The Presidio and Ferries Railroad’s steam dummy number 3 and coach B just north of the station. Gardens, Thompson Reach, Quartermaster Reach, stables on Main Post Bluff, and Crissy Field in rear.
Marshutz and Cantrell, based in San Francisco, built number 3 in 1885.


View looking west with the two sites near the center, circa 1922. Image courtesy of NARA.

Learn more about the Presidio Tunnel Tops Project, the Quartermaster Reach Marsh project, and the Presidio Northern Waterfront Improvements on their website.

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00AM – (Virtual) A Tale of Two Connected Sites

Join John Bertland, Presidio Trust Digital Librarian, for a presentation on the history of two connected sites on the northern edge of the Presidio where the Partnership for the Presidio – the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate NRA, and the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy – is currently engaged in major ecological restoration and development projects. Learn about Quartermaster Reach and the latest stage in the daylighting of Tennessee Hollow, which will connect the creek to Crissy Marsh and which will be completed later this year. Bertrand will also explore the site next to it which features the much anticipated Tunnel Tops project, 14 new acres of parkland over the recently reconstructed Doyle Drive and which will connect the Main Post to Crissy Field.

While quartermaster logistical support has been a major theme in the history of both areas, they have been the sites (or very near the sites) of a wide variety of functions including the Ohlone village of Petlenuc, gardens, a target range, the principal route from the Main Post to the main wharf (non-extant), hospital buildings including an isolation ward, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a place to watch air shows, Doyle Drive, Women’s Army Corps barracks, and a Burger King.

This event is free but pre-registration is required.