S.W. LaBounty offers a personal view of the Outside Lands. Join him as he walks the streets that were sand dunes.

Camp Merritt
How the Richmond district welcomed the Army in the Summer of 1898
(December 2006)

Parkmerced
1941's community of tomorrow
(June 2006)

The Parkside's Beginning
Part of the Sunset district, or not?
(July 2005)

The Richmond Recovery
Surviving the 1906 disaster
(April 2005)

The Burned Cross
The Poole family in Ingleside Terraces
(March 2004)

A Boxer's Death
An Ocean View tragedy
(January 2004)

Brooks Park Ode
How a home became an inspirational Merced Heights park
(December 2003)

The House of Mystery
The roadhouse that became Tait's-at-the-Beach
(August 2003)

Imagination Country
The dream-like world of Forest Hill
(April 2003)

Parkside and the Graft Trials
Parkside's development and Abraham Ruef
(February 2003)

Carville's Last Remnant
In search of the Carville survivors
(December 2002)

Carville
The streetcar suburb of the outer Sunset
(November 2002)

Shaken Up
Earthquake Refugee shacks countdown
(September 2002)

Run Out of Town
Rail Service in the Richmond district
(May 2002)

Twenty-Five Cents of Heaven
Musée Mécanique holds on
(April 2002)

Ocean View Redux
The real estate venture that's finally paying off
(February 2002)

Fog and Light
Mile Rocks lighthouse was an engineering marvel.
(January 2002)

Abbey Patio
The search for a native manzanita uncovers the displaced remains of a medieval abbey.
(November 2001)

Windmill Walk
The windmills in Golden Gate Park
(September 2001)

Dearly Departed
The former cemeteries of the Richmond district
(July 2001)

Mountain Lake
Where the Spanish started San Francisco... with some help
(March 2001)

Six Million Gallons
San Francisco once had the world's largest outdoor swimming pool
(February 2001)

Birth of a Garage
Would you rather house a family of five, or two SUVs?
(January 2001)

The Great Race
Four horses, 20,000 people, and over $150,000 at stake - this happened near Lake Merced?
(December 2000)

Willie Mays on Miraloma Drive
A cold welcome to the western neighborhoods
(August 2000)

Guns and Golf
The Broderick-Terry Duel
(July 2000)

Palaces of the Past
The Richmond's movie house history
(March 2000)

Doelger City
The man who turned sand into gold
(November 1999)

Urbano's Racetrack
You can still run the backstretch at Ingleside Racetrack
(September 1999)




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Geary Boulevard at 43rd Avenue in 1917.
(San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department)

Page updated 24 November 2006.