Larger than Central Park in New York City, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has much to offer in natural beauty, recreational venues, cultural attractions and events. It also provides a glimpse into the city’s history at Portals of the Past on the edge of Lloyd Lake. This marble-columned entranceway is all that was left of the mansion of railroad tycoon, Alban Nelson Towne, after the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed most of the homes in the wealthy Nob Hill area.
The columns were donated by Towne’s wife in memory of her husband and moved to Golden Gate Park in 1909. Along with being a reminder of days gone by, Portals of the Past is a symbol of San Francisco’s optimism following such a devastating event.
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