In hiking the headlands near San Francisco — the narrow strips in the city itself, the Presidio, or the wide spaces of the Marin Headlands and Angel Island — you encounter remnants of the years in which those spaces were occupied for military use. Forts, bunkers, and other installations make for fascinating history and photographic possibilities amidst the golden coastal hills.
People looking for a wilderness experience can find these “ruins” disconcerting and irksome. The irony is that this wealth of open space, so close to the Bay Area’s seven million residents, owes its undeveloped status largely to that military past. And when bases and installations began to close, mid-century, the Bay Area’s strong environmental movement was able (not without struggle) to secure the land for the enjoyment of future generations.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing photography of, and from, those military remnants. As for the phrase “Kilroy Was Here,” it refers … oh, but that’s what search engines are for!