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Stand on the stern of Balclutha, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.

Stand on the stern of Balclutha, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.

Wanda Muir (left) with John Muir and Helen Muir Adama, Arizona, circa 1907. The eldest of John Muir's two daughters. Married Thomas Hanna in 1906. Had six sons and one daughter.  Wanda Muir Hanna (March 25, 1881 – July 29, 1942) and Helen Muir Funk (January 23, 1886 – June 7, 1964)

Wanda Muir (left) with John Muir and Helen Muir Adama, Arizona, circa 1907. The eldest of John Muir's two daughters. Married Thomas Hanna in 1906. Had six sons and one daughter. Wanda Muir Hanna (March 25, 1881 – July 29, 1942) and Helen Muir Funk (January 23, 1886 – June 7, 1964)

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) chronicles two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) chronicles two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco.

Portland Maine’s Old Port district is known for its cobblestone streets, historic brick buildings and lively working waterfront.  Portland’s historic district is lined with unique shops and many restaurants leading some visitors to refer to Portland as a foodie’s paradise.  Credit: John Grossmann http://www.everettpotter.com/2011/07/maine-attraction-the-pleasures-of-portland/

Portland Maine’s Old Port district is known for its cobblestone streets, historic brick buildings and lively working waterfront. Portland’s historic district is lined with unique shops and many restaurants leading some visitors to refer to Portland as a foodie’s paradise. Credit: John Grossmann http://www.everettpotter.com/2011/07/maine-attraction-the-pleasures-of-portland/

For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to the rise of aviation, from World Fairs to earthquakes, left their mark. Come enjoy the history and beauty of the Presidio. Explore centuries of architecture. Reflect in a national cemetery. Walk through an historic airfield, forests, or to beaches, and admire spectacular vistas.

For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to the rise of aviation, from World Fairs to earthquakes, left their mark. Come enjoy the history and beauty of the Presidio. Explore centuries of architecture. Reflect in a national cemetery. Walk through an historic airfield, forests, or to beaches, and admire spectacular vistas.

Fort Point - protected San Francisco harbor during and after the Civil War. Beautiful brick structure. Golden Gate Bridge was built over the fort to protect this historical building.

Fort Point - protected San Francisco harbor during and after the Civil War. Beautiful brick structure. Golden Gate Bridge was built over the fort to protect this historical building.

The Pacific War by Andrew A. Wiest and Gregory Louis Mattson    Between 1941 and 1945, millions of men, thousands of aircraft and hundreds of ships were involved in the campaigns that raged across the Pacific islands, Southeast Asia, Burma and China. This history examines the whirlwind Japanese victories of 1941 and 1942 and the grim, island-hopping counterattack in which Allied forces slowly forced the enemy back.

The Pacific War by Andrew A. Wiest and Gregory Louis Mattson Between 1941 and 1945, millions of men, thousands of aircraft and hundreds of ships were involved in the campaigns that raged across the Pacific islands, Southeast Asia, Burma and China. This history examines the whirlwind Japanese victories of 1941 and 1942 and the grim, island-hopping counterattack in which Allied forces slowly forced the enemy back.

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