San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Last Word in Airﬁelds
U.S. Army Coast Defense Air Station
From 1921 to 1936, Crissy Field was at the forefront of military air operations. Home of the U. S. Army Air Corps' Coast Defense Air Station, the site included a grassy landing strip and the barracks, offices and hangars that typified the era of barnstormers and biplanes. Limited space for expansion and frequent fog eventually prompted the Air Corps to move north to Hamilton Field in Marin County.
Location. 37° 48.272′ N, 122° 27.668′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Mason Street 0.3 miles west of Halleck Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Crissy Field grounds, beside the walkway, about 1/10 north of the Crissy Field parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 Mason Street, San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Intelligence Service Language School (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Francisco National Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks Montgomery Street Barracks (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Oregon Marine Corps Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Daring Pilots, Youthful Heroes (approx. 0.3 miles away); Braving Wind and Waves (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . Crissy Field History (Wikipedia). In July 1918 Congress established eight "air coast defense stations" and appropriated $1.5 million for the construction of one of them at the Presidio, to protect San Francisco Bay. Construction proceeded throughout 1920, and the Army accepted the facility on June 24, 1921, as a sub-post of the Presidio. The first unit assigned to the field, the 91st Observation Squadron, arrived from Mather in August. In the early years, Crissy Field involved mainly the viewing of artillery fire, aerial photography, liaison flights for headquarter personnel, special civilian missions such as publicity flights and search and rescues, and a support field for U.S. Air Mail. The first Western aerial forest fire patrols took place from Crissy Field. (Submitted on March 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.