Claus Spreckels was a German immigrant to the United States. He made his fortune in sugar, including sugar from the Kingdom of Hawaii subject to favorable trade treaties. He paid $75,000 out of the $78,810 construction cost of the bandshell.
Looking Back: Sarah B. Cooper
How can a children’s educator have roused passions so much during her lifetime, but her monument today is so easily overlooked?
Looking Back’: Robert Burns
What would we be singing on New Year’s Eve without Robert Burns?
‘Looking Back’: The Cider Press
How did a statue “that may be too strong for the prudes” wind up in Golden Gate Park? Here is the story of The Cider Press statue across from the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.
Looking Back: Sister City Pavilion
How could a large gift for Golden Gate Park from Taiwan not have “Taiwan” or the older name “Formosa” on it? What is lyrical about the acronym “R.O.C.”?
‘Looking Back’: Henry Halleck
Why would a Golden Gate Park monument dedicated to one of the framers of California’s Constitution “revive painful feelings,” as said by the Oakland Tribune?
‘Looking Back’: Angler’s Lodge
Tokyo is hosting the Olympics, but did you know about the international sports competition venue hidden beyond the trees near Golden Gate Park’s Polo Field or Bison Paddock?
Looking Back: William McKinley Monument
“I killed the president because he was the enemy of the good people – the good working people,” were among Czolgosz’s last words before being executed.
‘Looking Back’: John McLaren
McLaren, born on Dec. 20, 1846 in Scotland, finished his basic schooling at age 14 and looked for outdoor work. His first job was gardening at a small estate. After a few years of experience, McLaren moved on to working at a larger estate before enrolling as a student in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh one winter.
Looking Back: Forester Monument
The monument, made of white Italian marble, was planned to serve as a fountain for people and horses, according to Chris Pollock’s book on Golden Gate Park.
Looking Back: Baseball Player
Although the current baseball season isn’t its normal self, you can go to Golden Gate Park and visit the monument that celebrates baseball to conjure up some feelings of baseball nostalgia.
Looking Back – Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant’s bust was seen as underwhelmingly smallish when first revealed in December 1896. A San Francisco Planning Commission report from 2005 on Golden Gate Park for the National Register of Historic Places said that patriots seeing the Grant monument would “feel their breasts swell with pride.” How could attitudes change so strongly that the bust was angrily pulled down in 2020?
Looking Back – Ludwig van Beethoven
Kinen Carvala looks back at the history of the Beethoven statue in Golden Gate Park.
Looking Back – Pioneer Mother
Kinen Carvala helps give the women pioneers of the west some of the credit they deserve.
Looking Back – Robert Emmet
A statue near the Academy of Sciences celebrates Robert Emmet who is described on the statue’s base as “Irish patriot executed in Dublin.”