- Random photos
Brewster Street, looking southeast from Rutledge.
Bernal Heights from 26th and Fair Oaks 1921
Community Assembly of God Church at 908 Cortland, seen in 1980.
St Anthony's after the fire in 1975, seen from Bernal hill.
The Chevalier map shows Bernal Heights dwellings in 1907.
This 1861 map by Vitus Wackenreuder shows the race track north of Precita Creek.
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.
This site aims to provide a solid basis in researching the neighborhood. Browse the links, subscribe to our newsletter, and contact us if you want to know more about anything Bernal-related not shown here.
- Geese Stolen February 26,1892
William McNamee was arrested last night for making a predatory raid on Mrs. Wilson's goose ranch on Bernal Heights.