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Lincoln Park (San Francisco)

Coordinates: 37°47′02″N 122°30′10″W / 37.78389°N 122.50278°W / 37.78389; -122.50278
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Lincoln Park
Pathway at Lincoln Park Golf Course, San Francisco
Lincoln Park is located in San Francisco County
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park is located in California
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park is located in the United States
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park
TypeMunicipal (San Francisco)
LocationSan Francisco
Coordinates37°47′02″N 122°30′10″W / 37.78389°N 122.50278°W / 37.78389; -122.50278
Area100 acres (0.40 km2; 0.16 sq mi)
StatusOpen all year

Lincoln Park is a park in San Francisco, California. It 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. Lincoln Park park hosts the Legion of Honor Museum of art and is the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile roadway across the United States of America.


Western terminus of the Lincoln Highway-San Francisco
Western terminus of the Lincoln Highway-San Francisco

The land on which Lincoln Park stands was the city-owned Golden Gate Cemetery, established in 1868.[1][2] It held about 10,000 remains and included a Chinese burial ground and a potter's field.[1]

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.


  1. ^ a b "Lost Cemetery of Lincoln Park History Walk". Western Neighborhoods Project - San Francisco History. October 29, 2022. Retrieved 2022-10-15.
  2. ^ "Vestiges of Lincoln Park". Golden Gate National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service). May 13, 2022. Retrieved 2022-10-15.