100th Easter Sunrise Service April 9, 2023!

Mt. Davidson Cross lit Easter Eve, April 8, 2023.

Mt. Davidson Cross Postcard 1940s

Easter Sunrise Service 2023

Mt. Davidson Cross Time Capsule Opening

Adolph Sutro’s Urban Forests

I’ve been busy working on a new presentation with the Sutro Library to celebrate Adolph Sutro’s birthday on Thursday, April 29th! I hope you can join me on zoom at 4PM. Free tickets available at Eventbrite. If you missed it, here is a link to the recording of my presentation. It is based on my research paper for The Argonaut, the Journal of the San Francisco Historical Society, Volume 27 No. 1 Summer 2016.

October 2022 Walking Tours

I am happy to be resuming  my seasonal walking tours for City Guides and hope you can join me:

Mt. Davidson Stroll on Sat. Oct. 22 at 10AM.


West Side Whimsy on Sun. Oct. 23 at 10AM.

Chronicle Model Home by Harold G. Stoner

Click the link for each tour to see where it starts. No reservations required.

Hope to see you there!

October 2018 Walking Tours

Once again I will be leading these walking tours for San Francisco City Guides in October. Tours are free and no reservations are needed.

Mt. Davidson Stroll: Saturday, October 6 at 1PM. Details at SFCityGuides.

West Side Whimsy: October 7 at 1PM. Details at SFCityGuides.

Upcoming Walking Tours for Spring 2018

View east: forested Mt. Davidson from above Sloat Blvd.

My semi-annual West of Twin Peaks walking tours for San Francisco City Guides are next weekend: Mt. Davidson Hike, Sat. May 19 at 1PM and West Side Whimsy, Sun. May 20 at 1PM. No reservation is required and the walk is free. I will also be leading the Mt. Davidson Hike for the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project on Sat. June 23rd at 1PM. Reservations for the walk can be made by emailing Suggested minimum donation is $10.o0. Hope to see at one or more of these walks!

96th Annual Sunrise Service April 1st, 2018

Started in 1923 atop Mt. Davidson, this annual event continues!


Spring Tour of Mt. Davidson Park on Sat. May 6, 2017

I will be leading my annual free Spring tour of Mt. Davidson Park for San Francisco City Guides on Sat. May 6 at 1PM.

More about the tour in this thoughtful and comprehensive article about the history of the park by Laura Thompson for Hoodline: From Cult Film to the Courtroom, Mt. Davidson takes Center Stage.


Mt. Davidson History Presentation Sat. Oct. 22nd

I am pleased to be the featured speaker for the October General Meeting of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at the Glen Park Branch, San Francisco Public Library
Second Floor Meeting Room, 2825 Diamond Street (between Bosworth and Chenery Streets). Admission is free. See historic pictures and learn about the history of the park and monument at the top of the City’s highest hill, as well as, the neighborhoods built on its slopes. More information at


50,000 see inaugural lighting by President Roosevelt in 1934

Mt. Davidson History Stroll – Sept. 10th

Putting bulbs back on cross after painting Side Of Mt. Davidson Coss1928Offered in support of the Glen Park Neighborhood History Project

Reserve Now!
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Meet at Sherwood Ave and Myra Way (Muni 36 bus shelter/turnaround).

Explore the inspired history of San Francisco’s highest hill with Mt. Davidson historian Jacquie Proctor! This casual stroll through a 40-acre nature preserve will take you to the amazing view and gigantic monument at its 938 ft. high summit.

Tour appropriate for ages 12 years and older. No pets, please. Group limited to 15 people. Sloping trails can be windy and muddy. Wear a jacket and sturdy shoes. No restrooms available. Rain cancels.

Reserve now by emailing
Suggested Minimum Donation $5.00 to help support future GPNHP activities. Picture of 1928 Cross courtesy of John T. Williams.