Category Archives: History

UPDATED – Remember When: The Day DiFi Laughed Her Way Down the Esmeralda Slides

Once upon a time, several years before she became a United States Senator with a thing for national security issues, then-Mayor Diane Feinstein came to Bernal Heights on a warm winter day in 1979. She was here to celebrate the … Continue reading

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What You Missed When You Missed Glenn Lym’s Talk About the Lost Geology of Bernal Heights

Glenn Lym addressed a full house at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public Library on Wednesday night. His presentation focused on how San Francisco transformed the hilly native landscape into flat land suitable for development. Much of … Continue reading

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This Proposed Freeway Tunnel Under Bernal Heights Would Have Destroyed My Home

Courtesy of Eric Fischer, king of the map geeks, your Bernalwood editor was alerted yesterday about a 1941 map detailing a freeway proposal that would have required the construction of a 2945 foot-long automobile tunnel under Bernal Hill. Unlike other … Continue reading

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Canine Rescue: Help Restore the Doggie Diner Heads

As you may recall, Bernalwood recently explored the history of the Bernal Heights branch of the Doggie Diner restaurant chain that ruled the corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez from the 1960s until the 1980s. You may also recall that … Continue reading

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Is There a Frenchman Buried Under Precita Park?

Neighbor Vicky from the Bernal Heights History Project calls our attention to an August 12, 1897 article in the San Francisco Call newspaper about a tragic accident that took place while installing a sewer line near Precita Park: The article … Continue reading

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Neighbor Explains 45 Years of Bernal Heights History in 56 Seconds

Neighbor Ralph lives a few doors down from me in Precitaville, and he’s been here for a long time. His father bought the house he lives in now back in 1943 with money he made working as a laborer at Fort … Continue reading

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Then and Now: The View from a Horse Pasture on Mission Near Precita

Bernalwood has received another photo shared from the family albums of Greg Dabel, the great, great grandson of Joseph McTigue, who owned a saddlery business that occupied the site that is now home to El Rio during the first decades … Continue reading

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A History of the Former McTigue Harness Shop on Mission Street, as Shared by His Great-Great Grandson

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the McTigue family operated a harness manufacturing shop and livery stable for horses on Mission Street at the intersection of Precita, roughly on the site where El Rio stands today. We wrote about … Continue reading

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Massive New Waterfront Mural Visible from Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights is an interesting place to spend time, in no small part because the neighborhood rewards sustained attention in both micro and macro modes. That is, there’s a lot to notice both when you zoom in on street-level details … Continue reading

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Unbuilt Bernal Heights: Our Future That Never Was

The only thing Bernalwood loves more than a good local history lesson is a strong dose of local fantasy science-fiction. Luckily for us, some recent synchronicity has conspired to provide a tasty mixture of the two.  Here’s how it unfolds… Part One: … Continue reading

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In Which We Explore an Aerial View of Bernal Hill, Circa 1924

Courtesy of our friends at the Bernal Heights History Project, we bring you this never-before seen aerial view of Bernal Hill. The photo comes via a private collection that was shared with BHHP, and it was likely taken sometime during … Continue reading

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Three Long-Lost Views of Army Street at Midcentury

Our friends at the Bernal Heights History Project recently pointed us toward a relatively obscure Facebook group dedicated to the history of the area around Precita Park. That’s where we found the rather remarkable photo you see above, showing the … Continue reading

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Viva La Contra-Revolución! La Lengua Dissidents Dislike Funny Name, Seek to Rejoin Dominion of Bernalwood

Fellow Citizens of Bernalwood, this is a day we’ve long awaited. We have endured years of rebellious bluster and seditious propaganda seeking to undermine the integrity of the Bernal Heights motherland. Yet we now have indications that the La Lengua separatist … Continue reading

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