San Francisco National Cemetery is an United States national cemetery, located in the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Because of the name and location, it is frequently confused with Golden Gate National Cemetery, a few miles south of the city.Use our San Francisco trip planner to visit San Francisco National Cemetery on your trip to San Francisco, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
About 1937, San Francisco residents voted to no longer build cemeteries within the city proper and, as a result, the site for a new national cemetery was selected south of the city limits. The cemetery is one of only four officially existing within San Francisco city limits (the others being the Columbarium of San Francisco, the historic graveyard next to Mission Dolores, and the sarcophagus of Thomas Starr King.)
When Spain colonized what would become California, this area was selected as the site for a fort, or presidio, to defend San Francisco Bay. About 40 families traveled here from northern Mexico in 1776 and built the first settlement, a small quadrangle, only a few hundred feet west of what is now Funston Avenue. Mexico controlled the Presidio following 1821, but the fort became less important to the Mexican government. In 1835, most soldiers and their families moved north to Sonoma, leaving it nearly abandoned. During the Mexican–American War, U.S. troops occupied and repaired the damage to the fort.
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San Francisco National Cemetery Reviews
This cemetery is massive!! It's also a very beautiful cemetery that offers lovely views of San Francisco. more »
The first National Cemetery on the West Coast, the Golden Gate National Cemetery is set in the most beautiful location with views out to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is currently closed to new burials u... more »
This cemetery is beautiful place that holds tremendous meaning. The grounds are kept very well and there is a fantastic view of the water at the top of the hill.
Beautiful place to visit. So much history just looking at all the different headstones.
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