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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Beautiful shots, Cathy. It always amazes me the story/stories a structure can tell.
Thanks, Nancie. Me too. And I didn’t expect that there was such a story behind this when I first saw it.
Wow, what sturdy columns they must be! And what classic beauty that mansion must have been. I’ve been to this park as a kid, but didn’t know it’s bigger than Central Park!
I was pretty surprised reading that statistic, too!
That is quite poignant Cathy… the columns as a reminder of the past also being encouragement for the future. Very much where we are with my hometown Christchurch’s decisions on whether to rebuild Christchurch Cathedral or not. Earthquake or not, it has to be rebuilt as a symbol of resurgence of the city’s spirit.
I hope that the cathedral will be rebuilt. The symbolism can be so powerful.
Touching story… and well captured.
Thanks, Corinne 🙂
I had no idea that Golden Gate Park was larger than Central Park. I also like that history is being remembered.
I agree, Laurel. I think it’s very important to remember the past and appreciate monuments like this that symbolize remembrance and optimism.
Great photos, and the story behind them is really emotional.
Thanks, Adrian! Appreciate your comment.
There is something about portals that brings feelings of nostalgia. Probably it’s the history that comes with them. Great shots, Cathy. And I’ve never seen portals near the water before. I love the way it reflects in the water.
Thanks, Reiza. Glad you like the story and photo!
Fascinating story, a place acquires a so much greater value when you know the history behind it.
Love interesting stories with pictures.
Glad you liked this one, Eileen!
Lovely and melancholic this.
My thoughts, also.
That’s a genuine treasure you captured. Interesting history, as well. I love this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing. Hit all the magic buttons and G +1, too !
Thanks for coming by and hitting all the buttons, Mike! It is quite a treasure and one that is not so well known.