Lincoln Park (San Francisco)

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Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park SF view downtown.jpg
Lincoln Park, San Francisco, California. View of San Francisco from the Lincoln Highway Western Terminus in front of the Palace of the Legion of Honor
Type Municipal (San Francisco)
Location San Francisco
Coordinates 37°47′02″N 122°30′10″W / 37.78389°N 122.50278°W / 37.78389; -122.50278Coordinates: 37°47′02″N 122°30′10″W / 37.78389°N 122.50278°W / 37.78389; -122.50278
Area 100 acres (0.40 km2; 0.16 sq mi)
Created 1909
Status Open all year

Lincoln Park in San Francisco, California, was dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln in 1909 and includes about 100 acres (0.4 km2) of the northwestern corner of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Western terminus of the Lincoln Highway-San Francisco

Lincoln Park is the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States of America.

The land on which Lincoln Park stands was a cemetery in use in the late 1860s and possibly earlier. In 1902, golf enthusiasts laid out a three-hole course on part of the land. In 1909, the Board of Supervisors turned the land over to the Parks Commission, and cemetery relocation began. The golf course expanded to 14 holes by 1914, then to a full 18 holes in 1917. During this period of development some 50 acres (200,000 m2) of the original tract were turned over to the federal government to be added to the neighboring Fort Miley Military Reservation.

The Lincoln Highway, with its western terminus at Lincoln Park, was conceived and mapped in 1913 as the first coast-to-coast road across America, traversing 14 states. The original western terminus marker of the highway was located at the north end of the plaza and fountain in front of the Legion of Honor. Today, a replica of the western terminus marker and an interpretive plaque are located at the southwest corner of the plaza, next to the bus stop. The replica marker was placed in 2002 during the revitalized Lincoln Highway Association's 10th Annual National Convention by the Association's California Chapter.

In 1923, the park was chosen as the site of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. The San Francisco Holocaust Memorial, designed by George Segal, was dedicated in the park in 1984.

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