Mountain Lake Park : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

Did anyone know that mountain lake in the presidio is a natural spring lake? My question is when was the park and playground surrounding the lake developed? As a youngster in the early 60s mountain lake was my disneyland!

-- Mike Vishniakoff (, April 18, 2003



The lake and the Lobos Creek provided the rationale for locating the Presidio at its 1776 location. The water also provided the first reservoir for San Francisco. The water went through an aquaduct to the foot of Russian Hill. There it was pumped to the top of the hill and distributed from that reservoir (still in use) to the rest of the city.

Good luck in your research.

-- Kurt Iversen (, April 18, 2003.

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