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Lake Merced 100 years ago

Unfinished History

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Lake Merced, c. 1895, with fresh water flume under construction.

Photo: Shaping San Francisco

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Lake Merced and Laguna Puerca with the Ocean View racetrack and surrounding farms. In this "bird's-eye view" from 1868 the artist shows the lake draining to the ocean, and small farms sprouting in the surrounding area.

Image: George H. Goddard, Library of Congress

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1872 map of Lake Merced showing the Ocean House Race Course and Lake House, which is at the juncture of Lake Merced and the East-West road.

map: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

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Lake House in 1870.

Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

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Lake Merced in undeveloped landscape, far from nearby roads, c. 1900s.

Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

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Car selling photo at Lake Merced, 1921.

Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

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Skyline Boulevard north at Great Highway. Lake Merced at right, Fleishhacker Zoo at left, Sunset district straight ahead, March 15, 1937.

Photo: SFDPW, courtesy C.R. collection


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