TI 1938

Unfinished History


Treasure Island taking shape in 1938. After two years as a celebratory World's Fair, it became a military base at the outset of WWII. Yerba Buena Island ("Goat Island") is at left of center.

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Treasure Island view from the air, Oct. 11, 1940.

Photo: SFMTA Photo D4455A

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Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

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Illustration of the planned airport for Treasure Island after the World's Fair. Once the Navy took over the airport plans were scuttled.

Image: courtesy Tim Drescher

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Kodachrome footage of the San Francisco World's Fair, held on Treasure Island.

Video: Prelinger Archive, original filmmaker unknown


1997 view of Treasure Island from Yerba Buena Island just to its south. Building in lower right is being used as a movie studio, while the entire island is about to be given back to the city of San Francisco. There is a lot of seismic and toxic mitigation work ahead to make it useful. The building in the center was a Nazi airport in an Indiana Jones movie.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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