The History of Treasure Island
In 1939 Treasure Island was built on top of imported landfill
and was planned for and used as an airport for Pan American
Airline's. Later during World War
II it served as a naval base, mainly doing electronic and radio communications
training camp. In 1996 Treasure Island and the Presidio Army Base were decommissioned
and opened to public control. After the naval station closed Treasure Island
was opened to the public.
Today it is still owned by the Navy, but
is part of District 6 of the City and County of San Francisco.
The houses, formerly
belonging to the naval officers and their families, are now rented out
to the general public. According to the United States Environmental
the ground water and air in some locations is still contaminated with substances
that may cause cancer and other illnesses. Being built on landfill causes
the ground of Treasure Island to be very unstable, to the
point it may not withstand
a major earthquake. The Island is scheduled to undergo redevelopment, the
date is still unknown.
Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s the aircraft hanger on Treasure
Island has served as the location for a number of television shows such as Nash
Bridges and many motion pictures including: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,
Flubber, What Dreams May Come, Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man and Rent.
of Hunter’s point
Hunter’s Point, also known as “HP”, is the southeast
part of San Francisco. It was named from a local family during the
Point is the along Third Street from India Basin to Candlestick Park. Hunter’s
Point is home to Monster Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers. Hunter’s
Point is where many African Americans migrated to in the 1940s seeking job
opportunities at the naval shipyard. It is currently the area with the most
Hunter’s Point has 1/3 of the city’s toxic waste and it
has become a health issue because of the toxins. Prostitution, gang
fights, drugs, and murder
rate has become a big problem. The neighborhoods population has changed.
Many people moved to the other bay area places like Oakland, Hayward
The San Francisco Naval Shipyard was used during World War I and II.
It is said to hold the biggest ships. The size of the dock is over
1000 feet length.
was filled with landfill during the 20th century. The Navy realized the
importance of shipbuilding and repair of the San Francisco Bay, they
decided to use
it during WWI. It was also used in WWII and has become one of the major
shipyards of the west coast. It is now a Naval radiological defense
laboratory. It was used for nuclear research, which left many areas radioactively
Griffith St. in Hunter's Point
front of the warehouses on Treasure