This article explores memorials placed in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in the aftermath of World War I, with an emphasis on those of a botanical nature. Historical, general, and local inspirations behind creation of the memorials are discussed. A detailed description of the development of the park's three memorial groves follows. Context for the creation of the memorial groves is provided through discussion of related local events. Other in-park and local memorials to those who fell in World War I are also covered.
Keepers of the Flame in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
christopher pollock was hired by San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department in 2016 as its first historian-in-residence. His initial challenge was to research and record the history of the department's 230 holdings, which include parks, playgrounds, and community gardens. He is author of Reel San Francisco Stories: An Annotated Filmography of the Bay Area (2013), detailing 650 movies filmed in the Bay Area since the 1920s. He is completing a second edition of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories (2001), to commemorate the park's 150th anniversary in 2020.
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Christopher Pollock; Keepers of the Flame in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. California History 1 August 2020; 97 (3): 64–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ch.2020.97.3.64
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