In partnership with the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, I’ve conducted history walks in Sunnyside since 2015. There are currently three different Sunnyside walks, each with different subject matter, routes, and photos. Space is limited on all walks. Reserve your spot now: 

Upcoming Sunnyside History Walks:

  • THIS WALK IS NOW FULL. It will be held again in November. Sunday 24 June 2018 / The Southern Boundaries of Sunnyside: The Wild 1890s, the Jail Next Door, and the Making of City College. (11am-1pm) On this two-mile walk, hear about Sunnyside’s rough beginnings; the county jail nestled up next to houses; Quonset housing;  the WWII Navy base; the massive reservoir that was never filled; architectural features of Mohr’s Subdivision; and the forest at the end of the road. Level: moderate with hills.
  • Sunday 25 August 2018 / The Northern Boundaries of Sunnyside: Dairy Cows, Early Speculators and Activists, and the Steepest Parks in the City. (11am-1pm) On this two-mile walk , hear stories from the north edges; how our two parks were built; a tragic landslide disaster; the never-built streets laid out by the land speculators who created Sunnyside; and dairy farming on the edge of civilization. Level: strenuous with hills.
  • Saturday 15 September 2018 / Sunnyside: The Early Years. (11am-1pm) Find out what life was like at the turn of the century: Where did the lost creek once flow; the first school in a cottage; the huge coal-fired power plant that ran San Francisco’s first electric streetcar; stories from early families; the inventor who built the Conservatory. Photos and stories available nowhere else. Level: easy.
  • [Date to be announced] / A Walk Down Mid-Century Monterey Boulevard. (11am–1pm) On this one-mile walk, explore the past of Sunnyside’s main drag. Learn about the shops, businesses, and restaurants that once lined our commercial district, from the 1920s to the 1980s; mom-and-pop businesses from beauty salons to empanadas, the growth of Safeway, and how things changed. Hear stories collected from longtime residents, see photos available nowhere else. Level: easy.

Suggested Minimum Donation $10 for all walks, which helps support future GPNHP programming–or join the GPNHP ($15 per year) and receive a pass to attend the walking tour that day. is a partner of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, which sponsors other local walks

A coal-fired power plant in Sunnyside? History walk guide Amy O'Hair explains. Photo courtesy Bill Wilson
A coal-fired power plant in Sunnyside? History walk guide Amy O’Hair explains, on “Early Years” walk. Photo courtesy Bill Wilson
The park few know about: Dorothy Erskine Park, at the north boundary of Sunnyside. Its history is covered on “Beating the Bounds” walk. Photo courtesy James Ansbro.

** To find out what “beating the bounds” means, visit Wikipedia’s page:



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