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Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast

David Gallagher, Nicole Meldahl, and Woody LaBounty talk about western San Francisco history. Occasionally, they have guests and, sometimes, actual facts to share.

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  • Podcast # 397: Little Sisters of the Poor

    Listener request fulfilled! Little Sisters of the Poor have been providing comfort to less fortunate San Franciscans for over a hundred years. Their beautiful Lake Street building survived the 1906 Earthquake & Fire, but where is it today? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 19, 2020)
  • Podcast # 396: Forest Knolls

    You've probably driven past the Forest Knolls neighborhood many times without even knowing it. Community action led by a now prominent politician, finally opened up the development to people of color. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 12, 2020)
  • Podcast # 395: Catholic Sunset

    Take a tour of some of the Catholic parishes in the Sunset. This week, we cover St. Anne's, St. John of God, Holy Name Parish, and St. Gabriel Church. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 5, 2020)
  • Podcast # 394: AIDS Memorial Grove

    Golden Gate Park is home to the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Formerly de Laveaga Dell, the Grove provides a serene location to commemorate loved ones lost to the AIDS pandemic. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 29, 2020)
  • Podcast # 393: Rousseau Brothers Realty

    You can't miss spotting a Rousseau-built "Storybook" home in the Sunset. Special guest Michael Lange joins the pod to tell the story of the Rousseau brothers and how they developed their distinctive homes across the West Side of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 21, 2020)
  • Podcast # 392: Dr. Emma Sutro Merritt

    Dr. Emma Sutro Merritt was Adolf Sutro's eldest child. Accomplished in her own right, she left a lasting legacy in San Francisco to this day. WNP Board President Chelsea Sellin joins the live podcast as we continue this year's celebration of Women on the West Side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 15, 2020)
  • Podcast # 391: Parkside Branch Library

    The Parkside Branch Library's mid-century architecture stands out among the nearby buildings on Taraval Street. Unlike most Outside Lands San Francisco podcasts, there are no dark secrets or scandal in this one. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 8, 2020)
  • Podcast # 390: Zakheim Murals at UCSF

    The New-Deal era, Bernard Zakheim murals at UC San Francisco are in imminent danger of being destroyed. Portraying the history of medicine, ten frescoes are displayed in UC Hall, which will soon be demolished as plans for a new hospital and research center on the site take shape. This week's pod discusses the artists and how you can comment in favor of the murals' preservation. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 1, 2020)
  • Podcast # 389: Louis' Restaurant

    We mourn the permanent closing of Louis' Restaurant due to the pandemic, but celebrate its history and the thousands of meals served overlooking the Sutro Baths Ruins, Seal Rocks, and the Pacific Ocean. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 25, 2020)
  • Podcast # 388: 4-Star Theatre

    We miss theatre popcorn! Continuing our long-running series about West Side movie theatres, this week's we recall the history of the still extant, 4-Star Theatre. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 18, 2020)
  • Podcast # 387: Mel's Drive-In: The Sit In

    As you enjoy a burger and shake at Mel's Drive-In on Geary Boulevard, in those very booths nearly 60 years ago, there was a protest against Mel's owners for their discriminatory hiring processes. Learn what happened in 1963 and how it resonates today. For more images of the protest, visit https://opensfhistory.org. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 11, 2020)
  • Podcast # 386: The Cliff House Project

    Special guest, Gary Stark of the Cliff House Project joins the pod this week to talk about his organization and share some fascinating facts about the ever evolving, west side landmark. To see more Cliff House photos, visit https://opensfhistory.org/ (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 4, 2020)
  • Podcast # 385: Toppling Monuments

    In San Francisco, and the nation, several prominent statues have been toppled in reaction to the subjects' past history of racism, oppression, or enslavement. We examine the context during which the monuments were raised, the history of the subjects, and discuss their planned, and unplanned removal. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 27, 2020)
  • Podcast # 384: Favorite Point

    Favorite Point in Golden Gate Park is aptly named, but few know of its location today. We return to the celebration of Golden Gate Park's 150th Anniversary and rediscover this formerly prominent spot in the park. To learn more, visit www.outsidelands.org. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 20, 2020)
  • Podcast # 383: Bernzweig Framing and Design

    Steve Bernzweig, second generation owner of Bernzweig Framing and Design, joins the Pod to share the 50-plus year history and some interesting stories of this west side San Francisco gem. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 13, 2020)
  • Podcast # 382: Guerrilla Historian

    Coming to a SF street corner near you! Historic photos from OpenSFHistory.org are being taped to utility poles around the City to illustrate the change from decades long ago. Joey Yee is our guest and joins us to talk about being a proud participant in WNP's grass roots Guerrilla Historian initiative. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 6, 2020)
  • Podcast # 381: Thomas Starr King Monument

    Reverend Thomas Starr King was a pivotal figure in San Francisco and California history. We resume our celebration of Golden Gate Park's 150th year and examine the Starr King monument and the man. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 30, 2020)
  • Podcast # 380: The Farallon Islands

    On clear days, the rocky contours of the Farallon Islands can be seen emerging from the horizon. This week, we venture 27 miles off shore to learn about the islands' past and present. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 23, 2020)
  • Podcast # 379: US Public Health Service Hospital

    A hospital located off of Lake Street provided health care to US service members for over a hundred years. Special guest, former GGNRA Park Ranger, historian, and author, John Martini joins the pod to tell us about the origins through the decommissioning of the USPHS Hospital. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 16, 2020)
  • Podcast # 378: Goethe-Schiller Monument

    Why are two German writers memorialized in Golden Gate Park? As part of our series of podcasts commemorating the Park's 150th Anniversary, we uncover the statue's origins as a cultural landmark. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 9, 2020)
  • Podcast # 377: Ray Bandar - The Bone Collector

    Ray Bandar had a passion for bones. It was his collection featured at the 2014 CalAcademy exhibit "Skulls". Special guest, Lindsay Palaima worked with Ray, and visits the pod to share some stories about this unique San Francisco teacher and scientist. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 2, 2020)
  • Podcast # 376: First Home in Sea Cliff

    Today's tony Sea Cliff neighborhood originated as a result of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The very first house in Sea Cliff, located on 25th Avenue, fortunately still exists. Learn how this home came about and its first and subsequent occupants. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 25, 2020)
  • Podcast # 375: Earthquake Refugee Shacks

    Following the devastation of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, thousands of refugee shacks were constructed and located at several locations of west side San Francisco. We mark the 114th anniversary of this pivotal event 2020-style. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 18, 2020)
  • Podcast # 374: Ray Galli and Galli homes

    Since the 1930s, Galli Construction has been a prominent builder of San Francisco residences. Galli built dozens of housing tracts and thousands of homes throughout the west side and is still in business to this day. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 11, 2020)
  • Podcast # 373: Golden Gate Park 150th Anniversary Celebration

    Founded in 1870, San Francisco celebrates Golden Gate Park's 150th birthday. Join Nicole, David, and Woody as they mark this historic occasion in their first remote recording session. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 4, 2020)
  • Podcast # 372: Speedway Meadow and the Polo Fields (Classic Episode)

    If you've been to the Outside Lands Music Festival, then you know the Polo Fields and Speedway Meadow. These open spaces both have storied histories. This classic episode continues our celebration of the Park's 150th Anniversary. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 3, 2020)
  • Podcast # 371: Bison of Golden Gate Park (Classic Episode)

    In March 2020, Golden Gate Park welcomed five new, year-old bison to the Paddock. In this classic episode, we revisit the Bison's arrival in the 1890s and their long history in the park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 28, 2020)
  • Podcast # 370: Monuments of Golden Gate Park (Classic Episode)

    Our Monumental Golden Gate Park event has been postponed. But to whet your appetite, we present a Classic Episode where David and Woody chat about their five favorite Golden Gate Park statues. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 20, 2020)
  • Podcast # 369: Irish On the West Side (Classic Episode)

    For St. Patrick's Day, we revisit an Outside Lands San Francisco classic episode: Elizabeth Creely visits to talk about Irish-American San Francisco, east and west side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 14, 2020)
  • Podcast # 368: Morrison Planetarium Projector

    Today's Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences features the latest state-of-the-art digital technology. But when the Morrison Planetarium was built in 1952, it featured an optical star projector. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 6, 2020)
  • Podcast # 367: Tacoma Street

    Tacoma Street is an enigmatic dead-end off 15th Avenue in the Richmond. Why are the lots so unusually angled? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 29, 2020)
  • Podcast # 366: Argonne Elementary School

    In 2020, Argonne Elementary School celebrates the 100 year anniversary of its dedication in 1920. Near and dear to Western Neighborhoods Project, Woody shares a story of a his relative's connection to the school. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 22, 2020)
  • Podcast # 365: Powell Street Railroad Station

    Did a railroad really run from Golden Gate Park down to Powell Street? There's a stand out remnant of the 1890-era Station on Fulton at 7th Ave. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 15, 2020)
  • Podcast # 364: Freeway Origins

    Turn back the clock on major City thoroughfares like I280 or US101 and you'll often find a railway. Go further back in time and you could find its origins in a Spanish road. Learn what lies beneath the concrete. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 8, 2020)
  • Podcast # 363: McLaren Lodge

    McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park is impressive inside and out. Take a virtual audio tour of John McLaren's residence where he lived for 47 years. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 31, 2020)
  • Podcast # 362: Stars of the West Side

    Some surprising TV and movie stars were native to the west side of San Francisco. Learn the stories of a few of WNP's favorites. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 25, 2020)
  • Podcast # 361: Campfire Girls Building

    Ninety years ago, the Camp Fire Girls Building was dedicated, beginning its long service shaping and educating both the girls and boys of San Francisco's West side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 17, 2020)
  • Podcast # 360: Pinehurst Lodge

    The lodge has a long history of sheltering vulnerable women and children. Learn about the stately building and it's history of service to the community. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 11, 2020)
  • Podcast # 359: Year in Review 2019

    A fond look back at the momentous events, milestones, and change at Western Neighborhoods Project and OpenSFHistory.org in 2019. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 4, 2020)
  • Podcast # 358: Merced Heights

    Merced Heights was one of the few, post-war, housing developments to sell to African-American families in the 40s. Learn more about this lesser-known Heights located near San Francisco State University. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 28, 2019)
  • Podcast # 357: King Norman's Kingdom of Toys

    Before the big box stores, King Norman's Kingdom of Toys ruled. From its humble beginnings on Clement, the store grew into a toy empire including an amusement park and even a local TV show for kids. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 21, 2019)
  • Podcast # 356: Nineteenth Ave and Sloat Blvd

    The proximity of Nineteenth Avenue and Sloat Boulevard is teeming with history: Stern Grove, the Trocadero, Ardenwood, and the Scottish Rite Temple are just a few of the highlights discussed. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 14, 2019)
  • Podcast # 355: Francisco Heights

    Francisco Heights was a 1930s public housing project that never was. Imagine 11 buildings for 2500 residents near present-day USF. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 7, 2019)
  • Podcast # 354: Masonic Cemetery

    Today on WNP cemetery talk, we explore the history of the Masonic Cemetery on Lone Mountain, the disinterment in the 30s, and the encroachment by the University of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 29, 2019)
  • Podcast # 353: San Francisco Heritage

    In a City under pressure for constant change, San Francisco Heritage protects and preserves the cultural and architectural legacy of this great city. Woody LaBounty, a WNP co-founder, recently joined the staff of SF Heritage and talks about his new role and organization. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 23, 2019)
  • Podcast # 352: The Nightclubs of 3595 Taraval

    The building at 46th and Taraval has an unexpectedly colorful, if not checkered, past. What is that two-story silo on the corner? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 9, 2019)
  • Podcast # 351: Breon Gate

    You can appreciate the Breon Gate the next time you're waiting for the light on 19th Avenue and Lincoln. But what is its origin? Who built it and when? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 1, 2019)
  • Podcast # 350: The Presidio Theatre

    The rehabilitated Presidio Theatre recently opened to the public for the first time in 25 years. What began as a WPA project is back in its new, state of the art glory. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 25, 2019)
  • Podcast # 349: Cutting Through Golden Gate Park - Part 1

    Nineteenth Avenue began its transformation from a residential street into six lane highway in the 1930s. Learn about the driving forces behind the expansion. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 19, 2019)
  • Podcast # 348: The Anderson Sisters School of Dance

    Jack Anderson's talented sisters, Lenore and Jean, owned and operated the Anderson Sisters School of Dance on Clement Street. Learn which beloved actor performed there early in their career. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 12, 2019)
  • Podcast # 347: Paul´s Hat Works

    Paul's Hat Works has been adorning heads in the City and the Richmond for almost 100 years. Abbie Dwelle, the Hat Works current owner, joins the pod to share its history. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 5, 2019)
  • Podcast # 346 The Lincoln Highway

    Why does Lincoln Highway end in San Francisco, and why is it named after our 16th President? David, Woody and Nicole discuss the western terminus of America's first transcontinental road. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 28, 2019)
  • Podcast # 345 Robert Emmet Statue

    Who placed a statue of the doomed Irish rebellion leader in Golden Gate Park? Learn the story of the Robert Emmet monument that now stands near the California Academy of Science. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 21, 2019)
  • Podcast # 344: Cliff House Portraits

    In the early 1900s, some professional portrait photos were the selfies of the day. John Freeman drops by to talk about the photographers who made a living taking photos of visitors to west side attractions. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 14, 2019)
  • Podcast # 343: Vanished West Side Schools

    Learn what happened to some of the schools on the West Side that no longer exist. The constant ebb and flow of the City's population, evolving teaching philosophies, and buildings that outlive their usefulness, schools come and go. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 7, 2019)
  • Podcast # 342: August 2019 Mailbag

    The listeners speak! Woody, David, and Nicole answer listener mail, own up to mistakes, and make some quick takes on a variety of topics. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 30, 2019)
  • Podcast # 341: Recycling Midwinter Fair

    The Midwinter Fair lived on after closing! Guest John Martini joins Nicole, David, and Woody to discuss how many of the attractions and buildings from the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894 were repurposed. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 24, 2019)
  • Podcast # 340: The Trocadero

    The 1890s roadhouse still standing in Stern Grove. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 17, 2019)
  • Podcast # 339: The Wreck of the Reporter

    One Ocean Beach shipwreck the city turned out for in 1902. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 10, 2019)
  • Podcast # 338: The Hot House

    The Spanish-inspired eatery at Ocean Beach that survived the end of Playland. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 3, 2019)
  • Podcast # 337: Windsor Terrace

    The story of the Inner Sunset development with the elegant brick column gateway. And big WNP news. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 26, 2019)
  • Podcast # 336: Torlakson House

    The story of Carvel Torlakson and 806 47th Avenue, possibly the oldest standing building in the Richmond District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 20, 2019)
  • Podcast # 335: Gene's Liquors

    The Parkside District's pioneer corner grocery. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 9, 2019)
  • Podcast # 334: Closing the Midwinter Fair

    The last official days of the California Midwinter International Exposition. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 6, 2019)
  • Podcast # 333: Laguna Honda

    The story of the San Francisco lake in the hills. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 29, 2019)
  • Podcast # 332: Goddess of the Forest

    Dudley Carter's sculpture and its journey from the Golden Gate International Exposition to Golden Gate Park to City College. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 22, 2019)
  • Podcast # 331: San Francisco Ice Arena

    The mid-block skating rink that operated on 48th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton Streets from the 1920s to the 1990s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 15, 2019)
  • Podcast # 330: Golden Gate Park Bands

    From 1882 to the 1894 Midwinter Fair to Sundays today, the history of bands in the park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 7, 2019)
  • Podcast # 329: Bicycles on the West Side

    Two wheels on the west side from the 1890s to today. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 1, 2019)
  • Podcast # 328: Memorial to the Missing

    Monument in the Presidio dedicated to World War II servicemen lost in the Pacific. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 26, 2019)
  • Podcast # 327: Heidelberg Castle

    The German village concession at the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 18, 2019)
  • Podcast # 326: Truck Farms

    Italian truck farms on the west side of the city, leased by "I Giardinieri" (the gardeners), fed San Francisco for decades. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 11, 2019)
  • Podcast # 325: Great White Fleet

    In May 1908, the entire city turned out for the US Navy's globe-circling show of might and goodwill. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 4, 2019)
  • Podcast # 324: SF Assessor-Recorder

    Carmen Chu details the photos, and historical records available to the public for research and education, and an exciting new project with the library. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 27, 2019)
  • Podcast # 323: Easter on Mount Davidson

    The tradition of sunrise services on San Francisco's highest peak. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 20, 2019)
  • Podcast # 322: Conservatory of Flowers Myths

    Guest Chelsea Sellin shares some legends about the Golden Gate Park landmark on its 140th birthday. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 13, 2019)
  • Podcast # 321: Portal Heights

    Curvy streets in the Sunset? The mystery of Cecilia Avenue revealed. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 6, 2019)
  • Podcast # 320: Ferries & Cliff House Railroad

    Steam locomotives once puffed through the Richmond District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 30, 2019)
  • Podcast # 319: Butter Sculptress of the Midwinter Fair

    The story of Caroline Brooks, Centennial Butter Sculptress at the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 23, 2019)
  • Podcast # 318: Verdi Monument

    The impressive tribute in Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse to Italy's famous composer. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 16, 2019)
  • Podcast # 317: Quigley Family

    An historic Inner Sunset family who lived in, and made, Golden Gate Park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 9, 2019)
  • Podcast # 316: San Francisco History Center

    Guest Christina Moretta, photo curator from the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library, gives an overview of the city's official archives. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 1, 2019)
  • Podcast # 315: Sunset Reservoir

    177 million gallons of water is just the start of the story. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 23, 2019)
  • Podcast # 314: Women Artists at the Midwinter Fair

    The Fine Arts Building of the 1894 California Midwinter International Fair in Golden Gate Park and the many female artists featured. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 16, 2019)
  • Podcast # 313: Worcester Avenue

    The history and significance of a one-block San Francisco street. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 9, 2019)
  • Podcast # 312: Hotel Cairns

    The former roadhouse and sanitarium at the corner of 36th Avenue and Fulton Street. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 2, 2019)
  • Podcast # 311: Columbia Heights

    The mini-neighborhood laid out along San Jose Avenue in 1893 with dairies and a one-man water company. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 26, 2019)
  • Podcast # 310: Bonet's Electric Tower

    The centerpiece of the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 19, 2019)
  • Podcast # 309: Carol Schuldt

    The story of Kelly's Cove's "Queen of the Beach," who passed away on December 1, 2018. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 12, 2019)
  • Podcast # 308: California Gliders Club

    1920s aviators flew over the sand dunes of San Francisco's west side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 5, 2019)
  • Podcast # 307: Snow in San Francisco

    On rare occasions, white stuff has fallen on the city by the bay. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 29, 2018)
  • Podcast # 306: Sutro's Ashes

    Mysterious object, relocated ashes, shadowy characters... John Martini unearths the stories behind Adolph Sutro's missing remains. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 22, 2018)
  • Podcast # 305: Francis Scott Key Monument

    The story of a peripatetic statue, that looks like a wedding cake top, in Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 15, 2018)
  • Podcast # 304: Lakeshore Park

    Woody, David, & Nicole tell the story of the Gellert Brothers-built neighborhood that sits between two lakes and was the home of the mysterious GET. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 8, 2018)
  • Podcast # 303: Alma Keith

    A milliner with a large house at the beach and a family history with some mystery. Woody, David, & Nicole tell the story of Alma Keith. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 1, 2018)
  • Podcast # 302: Transpacific Cable

    In December 1902, a communications connection to Asia was launched from San Francisco's Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 24, 2018)
  • Podcast # 301: Ansel Adams House

    The famed photographer of Yosemite and the 'Range of Light' grew up in the Richmond District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 17, 2018)
  • Podcast # 300: Western Neighborhoods Project

    Hey, we are history too now! For the 300th podcast we talk about the venerable organization named the Western Neighborhoods Project. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 10, 2018)
  • Podcast # 299: Monterey Heights

    The houses and stories (bootleggers, raffles, and more) in a residential neighborhood on the slope of Mount Davidson. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 3, 2018)
  • Podcast # 298: West Side Equestrianism

    Horse-riding on the west side, the Golden Gate Park stables, and David's fear of the saddle. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 27, 2018)
  • Podcast # 297: The 1868 Earthquake

    Arnold Woods joins us to mark the 150th anniversary of the October 21, 1868 earthquake on the Hayward Fault, the city's first 'Big One.' (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 20, 2018)
  • Podcast # 296: Rancho San Miguel

    A Mexican land grant from 1845 still reverberates on San Francisco's west side 173 years later. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 6, 2018)
  • Podcast # 295: Chet Born Fire Collection

    Guardians of the City and WNP are partnering to bring dramatic images of SF Fire Department by Chet Born and others to the public. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 29, 2018)
  • Podcast # 294: 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

    After many requests, the history of the 16th Avenue tiled steps on Golden Gate Heights. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 22, 2018)
  • Podcast # 293: San Francisco Model Yacht Club

    Rob Weaver, Vice Commodore of the SFMYC at Spreckels Lake, takes us through 120 years of model boating in Golden Gate Park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 15, 2018)
  • Podcast # 292: San Francisco Model of 1939-40

    Stella Lochman from SFMOMA describes efforts to salvage a 40-foot model of the whole city and find ways to bring it back to the public. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 8, 2018)
  • Podcast # 291: Baird Estate

    Explosions, mysterious deaths, lawsuits, and one family's outsized influence on lots of land at the edge of the Outside Lands. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 1, 2018)
  • Podcast # 290: Bay District Racetrack

    From the 1870s to the 1890s, horse racing drew crowds to what are today blocks of Inner Richmond homes. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 25, 2018)
  • Podcast # 289: Richmond Dairies

    Cows? In the Richmond District? Plus, milk detective! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 18, 2018)
  • Podcast # 288: San Francisco Botanical Garden

    The 55 acres in Golden Gate Park we used to know as the Strybing Arboretum can take you around the world and even through time. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 11, 2018)
  • Podcast # 287: Charlotte Estes

    A mysterious monument in a city park. Who was Charlotte Estes? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 4, 2018)
  • Podcast # 286: Emperor Norton Treasure Hunt

    From 1953 to the early 1960s, the San Francisco Chronicle sent thousands of treasure-hunting locals around the city to dig in parks, beaches, and front yards. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 28, 2018)
  • Podcast # 285: Chris McKeon and Happy Homes

    The story of one influential Sunset District builder. Plus, an exciting change for Outside Lands San Francisco podcast. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 21, 2018)
  • Podcast # 284: Ocean Beach Pavilion

    88 years at the beach housing dance halls, restaurants, rock concerts, and slot car racing. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 16, 2018)
  • Podcast # 283: Anton LaVey

    Founder of the Church of Satan and Richmond District resident. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 7, 2018)
  • Podcast # 282: 1951 San Francisco Dons

    The story of the greatest college football team in San Francisco history. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 30, 2018)
  • Podcast # 281: Sutro’s Coal Mine

    What hides in the mysterious tunnels on the cliffs just outside the Golden Gate? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 23, 2018)
  • Podcast # 280: Balboa Terrace

    The residence park with Spanish Colonial Revival villas and Storybook cottages. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 16, 2018)
  • Podcast # 279: Baldwin Book

    A 1910 assessment of a vast amount of San Francisco properties with original photos. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 9, 2018)
  • Podcast # 278: Balboa Reservoirs

    Why are the two reservoirs across from City College used for parking and not water? And what will happen to that land? We have some answers, thanks to researcher Amy O’Hair. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 27, 2018)
  • Podcast # 277: Heroes Grove

    Memorial Day 99 years ago a grove of redwoods was dedicated to those who died in World War I. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 26, 2018)
  • Podcast # 276: Shriners Hospital

    Now a senior living center, the impressive brick building on 19th Avenue was created to help children. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 19, 2018)
  • Podcast # 275: Cyclers Rest

    The two-towered redwood edifice moved from the 1894 Midwinter Fair to Ocean Beach to serve drinks to bicyclists. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 12, 2018)
  • Podcast # 274: Ocean Terrace

    John Martini tells us of the vanished strip of saloons, taffy stands, and shooting galleries across from Sutro Heights, including the legendary presence of "Baby" Schmidt. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 5, 2018)
  • Podcast # 273: May Day

    The big May Day celebrations that used to be held in Golden Gate Park, the Parkside District, and across the city. How many maypoles there used to be...so many... (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 28, 2018)
  • Podcast # 272: Broad Street Firehouse

    The Ocean View neighborhood's most significant landmark building dates from 1896. Stables, hay loft, and a tower that is not for a bell... (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 20, 2018)
  • Podcast # 271: Dr. Rosen and the 4th Avenue House

    The story of a specialist for "female trouble" in a Sunset District house. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 11, 2018)
  • Podcast # 270: Big Rec

    The story of the baseball fields on Golden Gate Park, from the Park Bums to 16 games at a time in the 1930s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 7, 2018)
  • Podcast # 269: Merced Manor

    Marketed as "The White City," the housing development between Stern Grove and Stonestown was built in Spanish style during the Depression. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 31, 2018)
  • Podcast # 268: Mechanics' Institute

    Taryn Edwards joins us to tell the story of the 163-year-old Mechanics' Institute at 57 Post Street, with library, chess room, events, and coolest staircase in the city. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 24, 2018)
  • Podcast # 267: The Irish Mile

    Reviewing the Irish bars of the Inner Richmond along Geary Boulevard, from Ireland 32 to The Blarney Stone. Plus, fond memories of Pat O'Shea's. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 16, 2018)
  • Podcast # 266: Kelly's Pond

    One mysterious body of water and the art of old photo detective work demonstrated by Andrew Milhailovsky. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 8, 2018)
  • Podcast # 265: Sutro Women

    Guest Nicole Meldahl shares the stories of the women in the life of Adolph Sutro. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 3, 2018)
  • Podcast # 264: Lakes of Golden Gate Park

    The bodies of water both natural and human-made. How many can you name? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 24, 2018)
  • Podcast # 263: Ishi

    The story of a remarkable man from the Yahi people and his time at today's University of California, San Francisco. (UCSF) (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 9, 2018)
  • Podcast # 262: Opening the Twin Peaks Tunnel

    Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the streetcar tunnel that opened up the southwest side of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 3, 2018)
  • Podcast # 261: Polly Ann Ice Cream

    The story of the Sunset landmark where you can spin-a-flavor. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 26, 2018)
  • Podcast # 260: Childrens Playground

    The landmark Golden Gate Park playground, plus live recording listener questions and trivia. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 20, 2018)
  • Podcast # 259: Koffee Kup

    David and Woody, in the first live show of the podcast, talk about the Geary restaurant-nightclub that stood beside the Alexandria Theatre. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 13, 2018)
  • Podcast # 258: Last Year, This Year

    Woody and David review the local history highlights from 2017 and talk up big WNP plans for 2018. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 6, 2018)
  • Podcast # 257: Chinese in the Outer Sunset

    Palma You and Steve Haines talk about a project of the Chinese Historical Society of America on Chinese history in the Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 30, 2017)
  • Podcast # 256: Christmas Tree Point

    We push east to Christmas Tree Point on Twin Peaks and talk about why it is called that. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 22, 2017)
  • Podcast # 255: David Rumsey Map Collection

    The story of the great online map collection, boon to researchers and a curious public. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 16, 2017)
  • Podcast # 254: Sunset District 1900

    The challenges of the rural Inner Sunset District at the dawn of the 20th Century. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 9, 2017)
  • Podcast # 253: St. Francis Riding Academy

    Guest John Freeman talks of a Richmond District equestrian center that stood from 1904-1958. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 2, 2017)
  • Podcast # 252: Olympic Salt Water Pier

    The pipe and pier that brought salt water from Ocean Beach to the Lurline Baths and clubs downtown. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 25, 2017)
  • Podcast # 251: Presidio of San Francisco, Part 2

    Former National Park Service ranger John Martini returns to tell more Presidio history. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 18, 2017)
  • Podcast # 250: Presidio of San Francisco

    Special double-length 250th episode with former National Park Service ranger John Martini. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 11, 2017)
  • Podcast # 249: Listener Mail Extravaganza

    David and Woody talk cummerbunds and let the listeners speak out. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 4, 2017)
  • Podcast # 248: Bridge Theatre

    From Charles Boyer to Peaches Christ, the Bridge Theater on Geary hosted it all. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 27, 2017)
  • Podcast # 247: Renaming the Richmond

    One hundred years ago, community leaders in the Richmond District decided to change the neighborhood name (again.) (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 21, 2017)
  • Podcast # 246: Pioneer Log Cabin and Environs

    Golden Gate Park's meadow of pioneer and colonial related monuments. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 14, 2017)
  • Podcast # 245: L-Taraval Streetcar

    The story of the streetcar that runs through the Parkside, Sunset, and, at one time, open sand dunes. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 7, 2017)
  • Podcast # 244: Seal Rocks

    Off the Cliff House and visited by pinnipeds, daredevils, and stranded surfers. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 30, 2017)
  • Podcast # 243: City College of San Francisco

    From the San Francisco Junior College to free tuition, the history of City College. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 23, 2017)
  • Podcast # 242: West Side What Ifs

    Playland still in business? End of streetcars? World's Fair at Lake Merced? Imagining different west sides. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 16, 2017)
  • Podcast # 241: Ida McCain

    Inge Horton tells about a trailblazing female architect who designed hundreds of west side houses. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 9, 2017)
  • Podcast # 240: Green Apple Books

    Celebrating 50 years of a Richmond District institution. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 2, 2017)
  • Podcast # 239: Arden Wood

    The Christian Science institution built in the trees at the end of West Portal Avenue in 1930. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 26, 2017)
  • Podcast # 238: Irish on the West Side

    Elizabeth Creely visits to talk about Irish-American San Francisco, east and west side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 19, 2017)
  • Podcast # 237: Sea Cliff

    The showcase neighborhood overlooking the Golden Gate. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 12, 2017)
  • Podcast # 236: 49 Mile Scenic Drive

    Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson explain what the 49 Mile Scenic Drive is and how to walk it today. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 5, 2017)
  • Podcast # 235: Zoo Trains

    We remember all the trains in the San Francisco Zoo, from the Little Puffer to the playground locomotive to the Elephant train. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 29, 2017)
  • Podcast # 234: Golden Gate Heights

    The story of the neighborhood perched between (and above) the Sunset District and Forest Hill. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 22, 2017)
  • Podcast # 233: Anglers Lodge and Casting Pools

    An alpine cabin and concrete ponds hidden in a Golden Gate Park grove. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 15, 2017)
  • Podcast # 232: Sea Lions of Lake Merced

    An 1890s idea to catch invasive carp backfires. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 8, 2017)
  • Podcast # 231: Roosevelt Middle School

    A Richmond District junior high with unusual architecture and at least one famous alum. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 30, 2017)
  • Podcast # 230: Sutro Forest

    The story of the San Francisco tree plantation that once stretched from the Inner Sunset to the Ingleside District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 24, 2017)
  • Podcast # 229: Christofferson Brothers

    Tim McIntosh tells of early aircraft building and flying brothers who had a flight school at Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 17, 2017)
  • Podcast # 228: Trad'r Sam

    The Outer Richmond District's venerable South Seas bar. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 10, 2017)
  • Podcast # 227: Grove of Memory

    Golden Gate Park's redwood grove, with Doughboy statue, commemorating Native Sons who died in 20th Century wars. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 3, 2017)
  • Podcast # 226: Golden Gate Bridge at 80

    San Francisco’s best known landmark has a birthday. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 27, 2017)
  • Podcast # 225: Columbus Alice Fong Yu School

    The story of a landmark language immersion school in the Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 20, 2017)
  • Podcast # 224: Kezar Stadium Re-do

    Don't listen to podcast episode #1! This is a better look at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 13, 2017)
  • Podcast # 223: Department of Public Works Images

    Why did a San Francisco city agency take so many photographs and why are they important? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 6, 2017)
  • Podcast # 222: Fires of 1906

    Fire, not earthquake, destroyed most of San Francisco in 1906. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 28, 2017)
  • Podcast # 221: Japanese Tea Garden

    Gardener and historian Steven Pitsenbarger gives the story of Golden Gate Park's crown jewel. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 22, 2017)
  • Podcast # 220: Legion of Honor

    The history of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor---art, an organ, and a view. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 15, 2017)
  • Podcast # 219: Midtown Terrace

    The mid-century development nestled in San Francisco's Twin Peaks. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 8, 2017)
  • Podcast # 218: Parkside Theater

    The history of a neighborhood theater, home of Tom Mix, Led Zeppelin, and a lot of toddlers. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 1, 2017)
  • Podcast # 217: San Francisco History Days

    The present and future of the city's most popular history event in the Old Mint. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 25, 2017)
  • Podcast # 216: Leonard-Poole House

    The story of San Francisco landmark #213 at 90 Cedro in Ingleside Terraces. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 18, 2017)
  • Podcast # 215: Monarch the Grizzly Bear

    The story of a grizzly captured, and later kept in Golden Gate Park, who was the model for the state flag. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 11, 2017)
  • Podcast # 214: Richmond Heights

    A 1910s micro-neighborhood with residence park aspirations and Craftsman houses. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 2, 2017)
  • Podcast # 213: Laguna Honda School

    The story of a Sunset school, the saloon next door, and "milk punch." (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 25, 2017)
  • Podcast # 212: Johnnie the Birdman

    The story of a nineteenth century bird-act busker at Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 18, 2017)
  • Podcast # 211: Richmond and Sunset Branch Libraries

    Two classic west side branches of the San Francisco Public Library were built with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 11, 2017)
  • Podcast # 210: Ocean House

    The roadhouse that catered to sports at Lake Merced from the 1850s to the 1880s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 4, 2017)
  • Podcast # 209: Golden Gate Park Music Stand

    The history of bandshells, music stands, and the Temple of Music. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 28, 2017)
  • Podcast # 208: The Bird Rescue of 1971

    Susan McCarthy tells how a 1971 oil spill brought hippies and hardhats together for clean-up efforts at Ocean Beach and the creation of International Bird Rescue. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 21, 2017)
  • Podcast # 207: The Human Be-In

    Nicole Meldahl and Arnold Woods come to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Polo Fields' happening. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 14, 2017)
  • Podcast # 206: Geary Park and Ocean Railroad

    When cable cars and steam trains ran on Geary Street to the Richmond District. Plus, a listener mail question! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 7, 2017)
  • Podcast # 205: Brotherhood Way

    The story of a unique drive reserved for religious and fraternal organizations in the late 1950s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 31, 2016)
  • Podcast # 204: Christmas Traditions

    Local christmas traditions and stories old and new, from roof rides to holiday firehouses. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 24, 2016)
  • Podcast # 203: Streetcar to the Stars

    The story of the 6-line, which started as a streetcar that made a neighborhood party. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 16, 2016)
  • Podcast # 202: Golden Gate Park Lifesaving Station

    The story of the surfmen who did service at Ocean Beach from 1878 to 1951. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 10, 2016)
  • Podcast # 201: 100 Years of St. Cecilia Catholic Parish

    Guest Frank Dunnigan talks about the first century of a Parkside District parish. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 1, 2016)
  • Podcast # 200: The 200th Podcast

    Listener mail and more. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 26, 2016)
  • Podcast # 199: Mark Daniels

    Landscape architect for Forest Hill, part of Sea Cliff, the National Park Service. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 17, 2016)
  • Podcast # 198: Charlie Sava

    Legendary swim coach of olympians and 50,000 city school kids. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 12, 2016)
  • Podcast # 197: N-Judah Streetcar

    On October 21, 1928, MUNI opened the N-Judah line to an extremely jubuliant Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 5, 2016)
  • Podcast # 196: Growing Up in San Francisco

    Native west side son Frank Dunnigan drops by to share more memories and preview his new book. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 30, 2016)
  • Podcast # 195: San Francisco History Association

    Collector Ron Ross shares his personal history in the city and the 35-year history of the San Francisco History Association. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 22, 2016)
  • Podcast # 194: Sloat Boulevard

    From the zoo to St. Francis Circle, stories about San Francisco's widest (maybe) street. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 16, 2016)
  • Podcast # 193: Love Pageant Rally

    Nicole Meldahl tells the story of the Love Pageant Rally, which happened 50 years ago this week. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 9, 2016)
  • Podcast # 192: Tait's at the Beach

    Once called Oceanside House and the House of Mystery, a legendary Ocean Beach roadhouse. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 1, 2016)
  • Podcast # 191: San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club

    Since 1901, players in white have trod the bowling greens in Golden Gate Park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 24, 2016)
  • Podcast # 190: Sherwood Forest

    Guest Jacquie Proctor comes by to tell the story of the city's highest and most secret neighborhood. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 18, 2016)
  • Podcast # 189: Model Homes of San Francisco

    Odd and interesting model homes of the west side when developers had to work to sell city real estate. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 10, 2016)
  • Podcast # 188: Holy Virgin Cathedral

    The five golden domes over the Richmond District and the center of Russian Orthodox life in San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 2, 2016)
  • Podcast # 187: Emperor Norton

    Guest Joseph Amster shares the story, proclamations, and continuing legacy of San Francisco's first and only emperor. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 27, 2016)
  • Podcast # 186: Lands End Station

    The rise and slide of a cliffside, trackside refreshment stand that faced the Golden Gate. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 22, 2016)
  • Podcast # 185: Abbey Stones of Golden Gate Park

    The story of a medieval Spanish monastery's journey in pieces to San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 13, 2016)
  • Podcast # 184: St. Emydius Catholic Church

    An Ingleside District institution with origins in San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire. And listener mail! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 6, 2016)
  • Podcast # 183: 16th and Irving Street Gas Station

    Ruins of the gas station run by Jack Goldsworthy, closed but still dream-inspiring. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 30, 2016)
  • Podcast # 182: The Boneyard

    The where, why, and when of a streetcar cemetery and storage block in the Inner Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 23, 2016)
  • Podcast # 181: Country Club Acres

    A secret southwestern San Francisco neighborhood, plus listener mail! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 16, 2016)
  • Podcast # 180: Coliseum Theatre

    Remembering one of the Richmond District theaters, now condos and a drug store. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 9, 2016)
  • Podcast # 179: Golden Gate Park Panhandle

    The history of and changes to the groomed strip leading into Golden Gate Park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 2, 2016)
  • Podcast # 178: 50th Anniversary of the Sutro Baths Fire

    The massive conflagration that ended a part of San Francisco history. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 26, 2016)
  • Podcast # 177: Lowell High School

    We visit the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi River. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 18, 2016)
  • Podcast # 176: Aviation in the Outside Lands

    Airplanes, gliders, and flying machines built and flown in San Francisco's west side in the early 20th Century. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 11, 2016)
  • Podcast # 175: Ron Jones and Life in the Sunset

    Storyteller Ron Jones tells tales of growing up on 46th Avenue, going to Playland, and working at the Rec Center for the Handicapped. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 4, 2016)
  • Podcast # 174: West Clay Park

    The hidden housing development in the Richmond District with a famous photographer connection. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 28, 2016)
  • Podcast # 173: Park Presidio Boulevard

    The story of how the Golden Gate Bridge changed a bucolic boulevard in the Richmond. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 20, 2016)
  • Podcast # 172: Henry Gutterson

    Shining a light on a lesser-known Bay Area architect who designed over 100 west side houses and a couple of registered landmarks. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 7, 2016)
  • Podcast # 171: Carzonia Apartments

    A quirky row of apartments made of cable cars were created In the Richmond District after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 30, 2016)
  • Podcast # 170: Edgewood Center

    With origins from the 1850s, the former Protestant Orphanage still serving children in new ways in the Parkside District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 23, 2016)
  • Podcast # 169: 1906 Earthquake Commemoration

    Every year, San Franciscans old and young gather at Lotta's Fountain to remember the earthquake and fire of 1906 (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 15, 2016)
  • Podcast # 168: de Young Museum

    With origins from the 1894 Midwinter Fair in Golden Gate Park, the evolution of San Francisco's fine arts museum (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 9, 2016)
  • Podcast # 167: Mothers Building

    National landmark in the San Francisco Zoo has WPA murals and mosaics by local women artists. Can it be saved? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 2, 2016)
  • Podcast # 166: Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse

    The past and future of the historic transit complex at Geneva and San Jose Avenues, with guest Alex Mullaney. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 27, 2016)
  • Podcast # 165: Ocean Beach Archeology

    Mysterious concrete structures and stairways recently revealed at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 19, 2016)
  • Podcast # 164: Listener Mail

    Compliments and corrections to Woody and David, who take them all with humor and contrition. And bonus tall tales. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 12, 2016)
  • Podcast # 163: Outside Lands Act of 1866

    For the 150th anniversary of the Outside Lands Act, guest Arnold Woods explains how the western neighborhoods were added to San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 6, 2016)
  • Podcast # 162: San Francisco History Days

    Preview of the sixth gathering of local history groups at the Old Mint March 5-6, 2016 (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 27, 2016)
  • Podcast # 161: Parkmerced

    The story of the apartment city-within-a-city on the shore of Lake Merced (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 20, 2016)
  • Podcast # 160: Sunnyside District

    Visiting the creme de la creme of San Francisco subdivisions, where it isn't always sunny. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 13, 2016)
  • Podcast # 159: Twin Peaks Tunnel

    The story of the Municipal Railway streetcar tunnel that opened up the West of Twin Peaks neighborhoods. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 7, 2016)
  • Podcast # 158: Presidio Terrace

    Begun in 1905, the residence park that sparked a boom in San Francisco master-planned communities. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 30, 2016)
  • Podcast # 157: Fort Funston

    Guns, dogs, hang gliders, and more about the land at the southwest corner of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 23, 2016)
  • Podcast # 156: City Cemetery

    John Martini tells the story of the cemetery where Lincoln Park is today, and what remains. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 17, 2016)
  • Podcast # 155: Golden Gate Park Golf Course

    The hidden 9-hole pitch and putt, and mail from 13 listeners. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 9, 2016)
  • Podcast # 154: The Year 2015 for WNP

    The good, the awesome, and the super great year for Western Neighborhoods Project. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 2, 2016)
  • Podcast # 153: The Park-Presidio Improvement Association

    A strange Greek revival building in the Inner Richmond was once home to a powerful political organization. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 27, 2015)
  • Podcast # 152: Parkway Terrace

    Fine homes and curving concrete benches in an early housing development in the middle of the Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 20, 2015)
  • Podcast # 151: OpenSFHistory

    Making private collections public, the new WNP program offers up thousands historical San Francisco images. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 13, 2015)
  • Podcast # 150: Willard Worden

    Researcher and author Jim Ganz on bringing a great San Francisco photographer back into the spotlight. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 5, 2015)
  • Podcast # 149: George Washington High School

    David and Woody stumble through the story of a landmark west side high school. Help them! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 22, 2015)
  • Podcast # 148: Ingleside District

    Laid out as Lakeview, the valley land along Ocean Avenue became the Ingleside District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 16, 2015)
  • Podcast # 147: Bernal History Project

    We go east for Bernal Heights history with guest Vicky Walker. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 8, 2015)
  • Podcast # 146: Sutro Tower

    San Francisco icon or eyesore? The history of Sutro Tower. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 1, 2015)
  • Podcast # 145: San Francisco State

    The story of the California State University beside San Francisco's Lake Merced. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 25, 2015)
  • Podcast # 144: Jordan Park

    The story behind the wide streets and stately houses of Jordan Park in the Inner Richmond (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 18, 2015)
  • Podcast # 143: President Taft Visits San Francisco

    Touring San Francisco, digging in the Polo Fields, and motoring down Clement Street in 1911. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 11, 2015)
  • Podcast # 142: Mile Rock Lighthouse

    The story of a dramatic sea-surrounded lighthouse just outside the Golden Gate. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 4, 2015)
  • Podcast # 141: West Side Water

    Water expert Joel Pomerantz joins Woody and David to talk about the flow of H2O, where it is, where it was, and where it goes. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 27, 2015)
  • Podcast # 140: Sunset District Streetcar Lines

    A review of streetcar lines serving San Francisco/'s largest neighborhood, including pre-MUNI routes. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 20, 2015)
  • Podcast # 139: Kelly’s Cove

    San Francisco’s legendary cold water surfing spot. And, yes, we tell you who Kelly was. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 14, 2015)
  • Podcast # 138: Tornado House of the Sunset

    The story of an extreme weather event in 1930, and what can still be seen from it on 46th Avenue. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 6, 2015)
  • Podcast # 137: Cornelius Stagg

    A famous west side host and sporting man, who helped name the Ingleside, came to a tragic end in the 1890s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 30, 2015)
  • Podcast # 136: Playland at the Beach

    The long-gone, much-missed amusement park where the sand meets the sea in the Richmond District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 23, 2015)
  • Podcast # 135: Lakeside District

    Thousands of people pass by this insulated enclave every day, the icelandic vision of small town America called Lakeside. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 18, 2015)
  • Podcast # 134: Ingleside Presbyterian Church

    Inside a west side church is one of the most awe-inspiring and unknown landmarks in San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 9, 2015)
  • Podcast # 133: Ben Butler

    The story of San Francisco/'s most famous sea lion that had a life after death at Seal Rocks. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 2, 2015)
  • Podcast # 132: St. Ignatius College Preparatory

    With roots back to the 1850s, St. Ignatius has been a Sunset District institution for over 40 years. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 25, 2015)
  • Podcast # 131: Portals of the Past

    The story of the famous classical columns at Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park, and where they came from. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 18, 2015)
  • Podcast # 130: West Portal

    The story of West Portal, the neighborhood and the avenue. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 12, 2015)
  • Podcast # 129: Prelinger Library

    Megan Prelinger tells us about the one of most open physical libraries in the world, right in San Francisco! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 5, 2015)
  • Podcast # 128: Coronet Theatre

    Home of Star Wars premieres, Oklahoma, and 1,300 stadium seats on Geary Boulevard, the recent-gone Coronet opened in 1949. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 27, 2015)
  • Podcast # 127: Henry Doelger

    Home builder and character who had a great impact on San Francisco's Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 20, 2015)
  • Podcast # 126: Ingleside Coursing Park

    In the 1890s, greyhounds competed along Ocean Avenue at the Ingleside Coursing Park. Plus, Connemara the superdog! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 13, 2015)
  • Podcast # 125: GGNRA Park Archives

    Amanda Williford from the Golden Gate Park Archives tells us about 6 million historical items, some stuffed in old stables. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 7, 2015)
  • Podcast # 124: Golden Gate Park Carousel

    Inside a Roman temple in Golden Gate Park you can still ride a goat, a dragon, or a giraffe in circles. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 30, 2015)
  • Podcast # 123: Shipwrecks of Ocean Beach

    Maritime craft going aground on San Francisco's Ocean Beach and Lands End (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 23, 2015)
  • Podcast # 122: Big Alma Spreckels

    Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, mother of the Palace of the Legion of Honor, and a real SF character (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 16, 2015)
  • Podcast # 121: San Francisco Maritime Research Center

    Gina Bardi tells us about the city's premier archive of maritime history. Crazy fact: 100,000 watercraft plans! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 9, 2015)
  • Podcast # 120: Temple Emanu-El

    Judi Leff shares the history of Richmond District landmark Temple Emanu-El. Plus Emperor Norton! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 2, 2015)
  • Podcast # 119: Golf Courses

    San Francisco/'s earliest golf courses were created on the city/'s west side, including the Ingleside. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 25, 2015)
  • Podcast # 118: The 1906 Earthquake and Fire

    A seminal day for San Francisco and the western neighborhoods: April 18, 1906 (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 18, 2015)
  • Podcast # 117: Olympic Grounds

    Guest Angus Macfarlane tells us when San Francisco's Olympic Club cavorted in the heart of the Inner Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 11, 2015)
  • Podcast # 116: Courtesy of a Private Collector

    Nicole Meldahl describes the significance and breadth of the "Courtesy of a Private Collector" historical images and how WNP is conserving, cataloging, and sharing them. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 5, 2015)
  • Podcast # 115: UC San Francisco and the Affiliated Colleges

    The history of the University of CA-San Francisco, begun as the Affiliated Colleges, and how it ended up in the Inner Sunset. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 28, 2015)
  • Podcast # 114: Shaping San Francisco

    Chris Carlsson and LisaRuth Elliott talk about their energetic and engaging local history work. Bikes, CD-ROMS, and more. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 21, 2015)
  • Podcast # 113: Mount Davidson

    We go to San Francisco's highest natural peak, which is topped by a 113-foot concrete cross and lots of trees that look like a hairline. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 14, 2015)
  • Podcast # 112: SF History Expo and PPIE100

    February 2015 has been a busy month for San Francisco history. David and Woody have the recap. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 6, 2015)
  • Podcast # 111: Beertown

    John Freeman joins us to talk about days when Fulton Street in the Richmond District had an intoxicating reputation. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 27, 2015)
  • Podcast # 110: El Rey Theatre

    The mighty El Rey Theatre, designed by Timothy Pflueger, opened on Ocean Avenue in 1931. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 20, 2015)
  • Podcast # 109: Francis Scott Key School

    Oh say can you see two distinctive Outer Sunset buildings with roots from one San Francisco school? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 13, 2015)
  • Podcast # 108: Golden Gate Park

    Established in 1870, Golden Gate Park is the jewel of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 5, 2015)
  • Podcast # 107: Fernando Nelson

    John Freeman joins us to talk about Fernando Nelson, a builder and early automobile enthusiast, who built thousands of homes from the 1880s to the 1930s across San Francisco, including the Richmond District, Sunset District, and West Portal. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 31, 2015)
  • Podcast # 106: Sutro Heights

    Sutro Heights, a San Francisco park high above the Pacific Ocean, was the personal estate of Adolph Sutro - a land of fake Greek statues, fake rocks, and maybe the real remains of Sutro himself. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 23, 2015)
  • Podcast # 105: The Casino

    A casino in Golden Gate Park? Of a sort, before the 1880s libations parlor was moved to Fulton Street to become a well-known roadhouse. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 17, 2015)
  • Podcast # 104: SF Genealogy

    Ron Filion, creator of one of the first SF History websites, tells us about the amazing sfgenealogy.com he runs with Pam Storm! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 10, 2015)
  • Podcast # 103: 2014 in Review

    A quick review of all the great stuff the Western Neighborhoods Project did and experienced in 2014 (including some great English Toffee). Plus what's coming in 2015. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 2, 2015)
  • Podcast # 102: Naming the Sunset

    How did the Sunset District gets its name? A simple question that David and Woody wrestle into submission. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 19, 2014)
  • Podcast # 101: Conservatory of Flowers

    City, State, and National Historic landmark, the Conservatory of Flowers has been one of Golden Gate Park's most popular attractions since the 1870s. Plus, Woody makes a confession. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 11, 2014)
  • Podcast # 100: The Best and Worst

    David and Woody review the best, the worst, and the most cringe-inducing highlights from 100 episodes of Outside Lands San Francisco. Plus, listener mail! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 5, 2014)
  • Podcast # 99: Great Highway Railroad

    Railroad tracks on the Great Highway? Emiliano Echeverria tells us when and why trains ran around Lake Merced and up Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 28, 2014)
  • Podcast # 98: Stonestown

    One the Bay Area's first malls, opening in 1952, Stonestown was created by brother developers and home builders Ellis and Henry Stoneson. The Big E! Rickey's Red Chimney! QFI! Blums! And on and on. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 21, 2014)
  • Podcast # 97: Baker's Beach

    John Martini tells David and Woody about a place with naked people, shark attacks, and Burning Men. But what do you call it: Baker's Beach or Baker Beach? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 14, 2014)
  • Podcast # 96: Mount Sutro

    Stories of Mount Sutro in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District. Once called Mount Parnassus, it is covered with the ghostly Sutro Forest. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 8, 2014)
  • Podcast # 95: Homewood Terrace

    The reincarnation of the Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum, Homewood Terrace on Ocean Avenue was an innovative model for taking care of at-risk children from the 1920s to the 1960s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 1, 2014)
  • Podcast # 94: Soap Box Derbys in the Sunset

    From the 1930s to the 1960s children in unmotorized vehicles raced on the hills of the Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 25, 2014)
  • Podcast # 93: Giant Camera

    Built in the late 1940s, the Giant Camera next to the Cliff House, is perhaps the only camera obscura to be on the National Register of Historic Places. And it costs less than $5 to enjoy! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 17, 2014)
  • Podcast # 92: Laurel Hill Cemetery

    David, Woody, and Nicole Meldahl talk about the Richmond District's Lone Mountain Cemetery, later Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1854-1941, RIP. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 11, 2014)
  • Podcast # 91: Bison Paddock

    San Francisco's bison herd (they are not buffalo) have been a fixture in Golden Gate Park since the 1890s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 4, 2014)
  • Podcast # 90: Park and Ocean Railroad

    Beginning in 1883, steam trains rumbled down Lincoln Way, cut through Golden Gate Park, and delivered hundreds of Sunday visitors to Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 27, 2014)
  • Podcast # 89: Seventh Generation San Franciscan

    David and Woody talk to Californio descendant and WNP member Nate Tico. Mixing up Spanish exploring party names, how the Europeans found San Francisco Bay, and how many parklets have been installed around 45th Avenue and Judah Street. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 20, 2014)
  • Podcast # 88: Broderick-Terry Duel

    On September 13, 1859, a California State Supreme Court Judge and a United States Senator fought a duel beside Lake Merced. The story, and its importance to local and national politics, plus podcast mail! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 13, 2014)
  • Podcast # 87: Polytechnic High School

    Polytechnic High School on Frederick Street closed in the 1970s, but some landmarks remain. Guest Angus Macfarlane gives us the history of San Francisco's original high-tech school. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 6, 2014)
  • Podcast # 86: Marine Exchange Lookout

    How did San Francisco's Telegraph Hill get its name? An octagonal building at Point Lobos on the western edge of the city tells the story. Plus, information about David's wedding cake. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 29, 2014)
  • Podcast # 85: West Side Boomer Memories

    Frank Dunnigan, WNP columnist and author of a new book, shares Baby Boomer memories of the west side of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 23, 2014)
  • Podcast # 84: Blackie the Wonder Horse

    A horse that swam the Golden Gate? Like a lot of San Franciscans, Blackie the Wonder Horse, from the Ocean Beach roadhouse Roberts-at-the-Beach, may have retired in Marin County. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 16, 2014)
  • Podcast # 83: Dynamite Factories of the Sunset

    Angus Macfarlane returns to talk about the dynamite factories of San Francisco's Sunset District of the 1870s. Spoiler alert: they tended to blow up. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 10, 2014)
  • Podcast # 82: Gellert Brothers and Sunstream Homes

    Fred and Carl Gellert started the Standard Building Company in 1922, building 'Sunstream' homes in San Francisco's Sunset District, Lakeshore Park, Country Club Acres, and Midtown Terrace before moving down the peninsula to Serramonte. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 2, 2014)
  • Podcast # 81: Alexandria Theatre

    San Francisco's Alexandria Theatre opened at 18th Avenue and Geary Boulevard in 1923 with a lush Egyptian theme. Ten years after closing, there is new hope the building will be revitalized. (Alexandria theme song performed by Lisa Sanchez and Doug McKeeh (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 26, 2014)
  • Podcast # 80: Laguna Honda Hospital

    Begun as the Almshouse in 1867, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center is still serving San Franciscans on the west side of Twin Peaks. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 19, 2014)
  • Podcast # 79: Parkside District

    The Parkside, often lumped in with San Francisco's Sunset District, has a history and character of its own. Corruption trials, pioneer groceries, and May Day queens. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 12, 2014)
  • Podcast # 78: Top Five Statues of Golden Gate Park

    David and Woody offer their top five favorite statues of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: a president, a novelist, a mother, a poet, and a gardener. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 5, 2014)
  • Podcast # 77: Great Highway

    San Francisco's Great Highway, the venerable road along Ocean Beach that always threatens to be buried by sea and sand. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 27, 2014)
  • Podcast # 76: Mountain Lake

    A small lake between the Presidio and the Richmond District played a role in San Francisco's founding. Fireworks and alligators also mentioned. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 20, 2014)
  • Podcast # 75: SFMTA Photo Collection

    Amazing views of San Francisco streets and streetcars over the last 110 years from the old Municipal Railway archives. Listen to hear the background and take a look at the photos at www.sfmta.com/photo (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 13, 2014)
  • Podcast # 74: Mysterious Lake Merced Earthquake of 1852

    The night in 1852 when an alleged earthquake caused Lake Merced to break its way into the Pacific Ocean and drop thirty feet overnight. Plus, the 1878 gold rush at the lake. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 5, 2014)
  • Podcast # 73: Columbarium

    San Francisco's Columbarium, built in 1898 in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, still stands and is still in business in the Richmond District. Tens of thousands of cremated remains in a grand domed building with room for more. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 31, 2014)
  • Podcast # 72: Saving Neighborhood News

    Saving San Francisco's neighborhood newspapers, including the Richmond ReView, Noe Valley Voice, Visitacion Valley Grapevine, and more. Plus 25th anniversary memories of the Loma Prieta earthquake, and new earthquake shack discovered. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 24, 2014)
  • Podcast # 71: Westwood Park

    San Francisco's Westwood Park, the residence park for the "family of average means." Catch bungalow fever! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 17, 2014)
  • Podcast # 70: Wave Motors

    Christine Miller shares the history of tidal energy machines and wave motors near the Cliff House, an 1890s movement to harness the power of the sea. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 9, 2014)
  • Podcast # 69: Timothy Pflueger

    Guest Therese Poletti tells about San Francisco native Timothy Pflueger, who designed some of the Bay Area's most stunning buildings and prominent west side schools and theatres. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 3, 2014)
  • Podcast # 68: Haight Street Grounds

    Angus Macfarlane returns to tell us about when some of the greatest baseball players of the nineteenth century played along Stanyan Street across from San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Also, the first Big Game! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 26, 2014)
  • Podcast # 67: Infant Shelter

    City landmark #242, the former Infant Shelter and Conservatory of Music on 19th Avenue and Ortega Street in the Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 18, 2014)
  • Podcast # 66: Stow Lake

    The biggest lake in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and William W. Stow, the guy it's named after. Pass us a brick of pink popcorn! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 11, 2014)
  • Podcast # 65: Death's Crossing

    Steam railroads and electric streetcar lines all once converged in the Ocean View neighborhood. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 5, 2014)
  • Podcast # 64: Works Progress Administration

    Part of the 1930s New Deal, the Works Progress Administration made a great impact on the look of San Francisco's infrastructure and parks, including the zoo's Monkey Island! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 28, 2014)
  • Podcast # 63: Talkin like a SanFrunciscun

    Idiosyncratic pronunications and accents of old-time San Franciscans. We'll teach you newcomers how to talk like a west side local. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 22, 2014)
  • Podcast # 62: Fort Miley

    Chris VerPlanck visits to share the history of Fort Miley and the Veterans Administration Hospital in the northwest corner of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 15, 2014)
  • Podcast # 61: Future of San Francisco's Old Mint

    A brief recap of the 4th San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint and breaking news about the future of the 1874 landmark. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 7, 2014)
  • Podcast # 60: The Chutes

    The Chutes amusement center and water ride and its early 20th Century westward migration from the Haight, to the Richmond District, and sort of to Ocean Beach. With guest star John Freeman. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 27, 2014)
  • Podcast # 59: Doggie Diner Head

    Seven-foot-tall dachshund wearing chef's hat? Sounds like San Francisco landmark #254 on Sloat Boulevard in the Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 18, 2014)
  • Podcast # 58: Point Lobos Toll Road

    Richmond District historian John Freeman talks about a dusty toll road that became one of San Francisco's largest thoroughfares, Geary Boulevard. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 15, 2014)
  • Podcast # 57: Forest Hill

    Richard Brandi talks about Forest Hill, not just a Muni streetcar station, but a historic San Francisco residence park. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 8, 2014)
  • Podcast # 56: SF History Expo

    Nicole Meldahl from the the GGNRA Park Archives and Jamie O'Keefe from Guardians of the City join David and Woody to talk about the San Francisco History Expo on March 1-2, 2014. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 31, 2014)
  • Podcast # 55: Larsen Park Jet

    History and future of jets used as play structures at Larsen Park on 19th Avenue in San Francisco's Sunset District. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 24, 2014)
  • Podcast # 54: Outside Lands Hollywood

    David and Woody talk about movies that had scenes filmed in western San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 11, 2014)
  • Podcast # 53: Thomas Sweeny and his Observatory

    Thomas Underhill Sweeny, Sunset District pioneer, "demented hermit," and benefactor of a now-vanished observatory on Strawberry Hill, in Stow Lake, in Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco... (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 10, 2014)
  • Podcast # 52: The 1894 Midwinter Fair

    The 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park remade not only the park, but the Richmond and Sunset districts. Midway monkeys are discussed. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 4, 2014)
  • Podcast # 51: A Review of 2013

    A quick review of all the great stuff the Western Neighborhoods Project did and experienced in 2013, including this local history podcast! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 27, 2013)
  • Podcast # 50: Holiday Firehouses

    From 1948-1950 San Francisco's firehouses competed in a holiday decorating contest still remembered. Why did this start? Why did it end? (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 20, 2013)
  • Podcast # 49: San Francisco's First Motel

    San Francisco's first motel, the Ocean Park Motel, opened in 1937 in western San Francisco and it's still doing great business. Plus, we share fun facts about other west side inns and motels. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 13, 2013)
  • Podcast # 48: Golden Gate Park Windmills

    Giant windmills on the western edge of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park at Ocean Beach. What's up with that? Plus, we finally answer our fan mail. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Dec 7, 2013)
  • Podcast # 47: Sutro Baths

    John Martini returns to talk about San Francisco's legendary Sutro Baths, once the world's largest natatorium and now beloved ruins. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 29, 2013)
  • Podcast # 46: SF History Groups

    The Western Neighborhoods Project isn't the only group dedicated to San Francisco history. David and Woody share the love and give you lots of options to get your SF History fix. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 23, 2013)
  • Podcast # 45: Ewing Field

    Guest star Angus Macfarlane returns to tell the boys stories about the Richmond District's long-gone Ewing Field, home of minor league baseball and other diversions for San Franciscans. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 16, 2013)
  • Podcast # 44: Harold Stoner

    Guest star Jacquie Proctor talks about one of the most prolific residential architects in San Francisco, the man of streamline rocket ship buildings as well as Hansel and Gretel cottages, Harold Stoner. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 9, 2013)
  • Podcast # 43: How to Research Your House

    How does one research San Francisco history, including the history of one's house? David and Woody give you the online resources to get started. Plus, some big news for WNP. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Nov 2, 2013)
  • Podcast # 42: The Little Shamrock

    Guest Angus Macfarlane talks with the boys about the Sunset District's oldest business, the Little Shamrock, established by the extraordinary Julia Herzo. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 26, 2013)
  • Podcast # 41: Cemeteries of the Inner Richmond

    Talking about the Richmond District's Big Four cemeteries around Lone Mountain, the resting place for San Francisco's dead from the 1850s until their removal in the 1930s. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 19, 2013)
  • Podcast # 40: Speedway Meadow and Polo Fields

    The story of Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow, the Speed Road, and the Polo Fields. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 12, 2013)
  • Podcast # 39: Carville-by-the-Sea

    San Francisco's 1890s bohemian beachside settlement made of old streetcars. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 2, 2013)
  • Podcast # 38: Sunset Boulevard

    San Francisco's Sunset Boulevard: no Norma Desmond, but from the 1930s to the 1970s, it did have Soap Box Derbys. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 27, 2013)
  • Podcast # 37: Brooks Park

    The up, downs, and ups once more of Brooks Park overlooking Lake Merced in Southwestern San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 20, 2013)
  • Podcast # 36: Balboa Theatre

    San Francisco's Balboa Theatre on Balboa Street near 38th Avenue is a Richmond District institution. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 13, 2013)
  • Podcast # 35: The Gjoa

    The story of the Gjoa, a fishing sloop that traversed the Northwest Passage and ended up in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from 1909 to 1972. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 6, 2013)
  • Podcast # 34: 1951 San Francisco Assessor Negatives

    Hundreds of documentary building photographs from 1951 tell small stories of San Francisco six decades later. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 31, 2013)
  • Podcast # 33: Lincoln High School

    Guest Lorri Ungaretti talks about the history of her San Francisco alma mater, the Sunset District's Lincoln High School. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 23, 2013)
  • Podcast # 32: Miraloma Park

    Guest Christopher VerPlanck joins the boys to talk about Miraloma Park, a San Francisco neigborhood on Mount Davidson, smack in the middle of San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 17, 2013)
  • Podcast # 31: Daniel Burnham's Plan

    Daniel Hudson Burnham's 1904 plan to remake San Francisco included some momumental visions for the west side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 10, 2013)
  • Podcast # 30: Stern Grove and Pine Lake Park

    Stern Grove and Pine Lake Park, with a shared history of squatters, farmers, and free music, is not your run-of-the-mill San Francisco parkland. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Aug 1, 2013)
  • Podcast # 29: Ingleside Terraces

    San Francisco's Ingleside Terraces neighborhood started as a racetrack before turning into a residential park with, weirdly, a giant sundial. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 27, 2013)
  • Podcast # 28: Cliff House

    San Francisco's Cliff House, perched above Seal Rocks at the Pacific Ocean, celebrates its 150th anniversary in July 2013. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 16, 2013)
  • Podcast # 27: Fleishhacker Pool

    Promoted as the world's largest outdoor swimming pool, San Francisco's Fleishhacker Pool opened in 1925 and closed in the early 1970s. It was cold! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 12, 2013)
  • Podcast # 26: Oddities of the Avenues

    The hidden stories of odd buildings in the Avenues of western San Francisco, including a rant about Google map designations. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 5, 2013)
  • Podcast # 25: Ocean View

    Stories of frog ponds, unbalanced street grids, and Death's Crossing in San Francisco's Ocean View neighborhood. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 28, 2013)
  • Podcast # 24: Adolph Sutro

    Did he own one-twelfth of San Francisco or just a twentieth? Either way, Adolph Sutro made his mark on the city, especially the west side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 21, 2013)
  • Podcast # 23: Camp Merritt

    Guest Nicole Meldahl talks about the Richmond District's 1898 encampment of volunteer soldiers for the Spanish-American War. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 14, 2013)
  • Podcast # 22: Carl Larsen

    Carl Larsen, restaurateur, chicken ranch owner, and Sunset District pioneer has perhaps one of San Francisco's most-viewed parks named after him. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jun 4, 2013)
  • Podcast # 21: Park Bums

    Golden Gate Park's pickup baseball legends, the Park Bums, and other pickup ball-playing stories and locales. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 30, 2013)
  • Podcast # 20: Beach Chalet

    Talking about the old and new Beach Chalet on the western edge of Golden Gate Park at Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 24, 2013)
  • Podcast # 19: Forts and Fortifications

    Guest John Martini talks historic forts and fortifications around the Golden Gate and Ocean Beach. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 18, 2013)
  • Podcast # 18: George Turner Marsh and the Naming of the Richmond

    The interesting life of George Turner Marsh, pioneer of the Richmond District and possible namer of the neighborhood. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 9, 2013)
  • Podcast # 17: Hills of San Francisco

    David and Woody review a 54-year-old book that inspired both of them. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 2, 2013)
  • Podcast # 16: Sunnyside Conservatory

    The story behind an octagonal San Francisco landmark on Monterey Boulevard. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 25, 2013)
  • Podcast # 15: Earthquake Shacks

    After San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire over 5,600 relief cottages were constructed for the refugees. Some still survive today. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 18, 2013)
  • Podcast # 14: San Francisco Zoo

    Bricks of pink popcorn, the Little Puffer train, Storyland, lions, tigers, and bears... join Woody and David in remembering the history of the San Francisco Zoo. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 12, 2013)
  • Podcast # 13: Sunset Architecture

    San Francisco's largest neighborhood has its own distinctive architecture thanks to 1930s merchant-builders like Henry Doelger, Oliver Rousseau, and the Gellerts. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 4, 2013)
  • Podcast # 12: Richmond District Streetcars?

    Guest Paul Rosenberg talks about the source of rails recently uncovered on Balboa Street. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 29, 2013)
  • Podcast # 11: Ingleside Jail and More

    The History of the House of Refuge Lot, where City College of San Francisco and Balboa Park stand today. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 20, 2013)
  • Podcast # 10: Roadhouses

    Roadhouses here and gone on San Francisco's west side. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 14, 2013)
  • Podcast # 9: West Portal Creek

    Hidden creek near San Francisco's West Portal neighborhood and other secret water sites. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 8, 2013)
  • Podcast # 8: Surf Theatre

    Remembering a little theatre near Ocean Beach that had a big reputation for showing foreign and avant garde films. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 21, 2013)
  • Podcast # 7: Skytram

    From 1955 to 1966 a futuristic aerial cable car traversed Sutro Baths' cove from the Cliff House to Point Lobos. From all accounts, it wasn't as fun as it sounds. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 14, 2013)
  • Podcast # 6: Musee Mecanique

    What other museum allows you to play with the collection? The coin-operated amusements of the Musee Mecanique, now at Pier 45, had a long history in western San Francisco. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 7, 2013)
  • Podcast # 5: West Side Street Naming

    The names of streets going south through the Richmond and Sunset Districts are alphabetical. How did that happen? The story of San Francisco's Street Naming Commission of 1909. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 31, 2013)
  • Podcast # 4: St. Francis Wood

    Author Richard Brandi joins us to talk about one of the country's finest residence parks, San Francisco's St. Francis Wood. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 25, 2013)
  • Podcast # 3: Jesse B Cook Collection

    We share one terrific online collection of historical San Francisco images: the Jesse Brown Cook Scrapbooks at the Bancroft Library. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 17, 2013)
  • Podcast # 2: The Richmond District of 1920

    David and Woody find some surprises in a neighborhood newspaper from exactly 93 years ago. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 10, 2013)
  • Podcast # 1: Kezar Stadium

    (Listen to Episode #224 instead!) Woody and David discuss the old Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jan 4, 2013)