The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

could be that reams have already been printed on oil alone.
In the field of education, in which both men have played out-
standing parts, their names do not occur. It should meet the
needs for a textbook, and the general reading public will find
much to stimulate interest. The bibliographical lists at the end
of each chapter contain rich supplementary material. The cap-
tious critic might be disposed to feel that too much space has
been given to the Spanish and French background. The maps
and illustrations are excellent, and the format is attractive.
J. L. WALLER
College of Mines
Golden Gate: Park of a Thousand Vistas. By Katharine Wilson.
Caldwell, Idaho (Caxton Printers), 1947. Pp. 143. Illustra-
tions.
In 1868 when the mayor of San Francisco ordered a survey of
sites available for a system of city parks, there began the colorful
history of one of America's most famous parks, which Katharine
Wilson relates in Golden Gate: Park of a Thousand Vistas. Prob-
ably no great city park showed less promise at its inception. As
the more desirable tracts in the township were no longer avail-
able, the board of supervisors recommended nearly a thousand
acres of barren sand dunes along the ocean front. After some legal
delay in settling squatters' claims, and in the face of ridicule and
caustic criticism, a director was appointed and the park was be-
gun, literally "from scratch." Few men could have foreseen that
in a comparatively short time the shifting sand would be anchored
by hardy grasses, thousands of tons of fertile soil would be spread,
and there would be rolling meadows, groves of trees, banks of rare
flowers, and glistening lakes where once only a few willows and
scrub oak had grown and the only water had been that of the
-Pacific breaking on the shore.
Besides offering a welcome spot of natural beauty in the
modern city, the park, as Miss Wilson emphasizes, also performs
many services as an efficiently functioning part of the community.
In the park are centered many of the cultural and recreational
resources of San Francisco. On the Concourse, cultural heart of
the park, are grouped the De Young Memorial Museum and

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