Bernal History Project

Bernal Heights is a hilltop village, tucked away in the southern part of San Francisco. Freeways and urban thoroughfares now bound a neighborhood once defined by the swamps and creeks of the original Mexican land grant. From the 1860s legend of Widow O'Brien's cow to the current fight over the preservation of the branch library's murals, residents have tirelessly guarded and recorded their environment. Bernal is diverse, vibrant, and still evolving.

Bernal Heights from 26th and Fair Oaks 1921 - David Gallagher

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    Holding up the Sky! Celebrating California Women and their Fight for Civil Rights

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Historic Bernal News
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  • Heir to Old Estate in Dispute Over Title January 23, 1917 San Francisco Chronicle

    Jose C. Bernal, grandson of Cornelio Bernal, the original grantee of the Rancho las Salinas y Potrero Viejo, has filed suit in the Superior Court to quiet title toa plot at Alemany avenue and Tingley street, one of the last remnants of the great estate still claimed by the Bernal heirs. The suit names Frederick G. Ferria and others, who, according to Attorney F.E. Borland for Bernal, have fenced the property and are holding it under adverse possession.