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In The Presidio

"The day was a joyful one for all. Only the savages did not enjoy themselves on this happy day." SFist has a brief, to the point, and accurate account of the Presidio's 1776 founding and Spanish doubts about how this foggy, cold and dune-covered tract could ever become the epicenter of tech, cuisine and entitlement it is today. The quote is from the Spanish priest and administrator Francisco Palou on the occasion of the dedication of the Mission Dolores in the sunny Yerba Buena neighborhood that same year. And the rest, as they say, is history. [SFist/Curbed SF Archives]

Mission Dolores Basilica

3321 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114