This is a map showing the present location of the second United States Marine Hospital and Cemetery which was built here in 1875 and later around 1912 it became the Public Health Service Hospital. The first recorded (that is recently found records or burial permits in the Coronor's Office) interments were in 1885 (17) and the last known burials were in 1912 (8). There is another historical mention in the Ladies Seaman's Friend Society Annual Report for 1854 of an approval being granted by the City for a burial permit for a Mr. Andres Larsen who died July, 1853 and who was buried in November of that same year.*
This was a Federal Facility created to aid and comfort all international and national merchant seaman whom may of found themselves on our shores all alone and in need of some assistance and universal health care. The first U.S. Marine Hospital of San Francisco was completed in April 7th, 1853 at Rincon Point on Harrison between Main and Spear. This occupied a commanding vista point right on the water and was a Federal Reserve at the time.
It was badly damaged and closed in the 1868 Earthquake and its patients were relocated for a time at St. Mary's College until the new hospital was built next to Mountain Lake in the Presidio.
The cemetery is just north of the Main Hospital Building and was covered with 10 feet of landfill in the 1930's. The WPA added tennis courts and a parking lot around 1933. There is at least one scholar who believes "most" of the bodies were removed, along with their wooden markers, before or around the time the landfill was added. I have yet to find further references to this anywhere. I would love to know if anyone has a clue.
I don't think the graves were removed completely, if even at all. The Army and Federal Goverment had to do an Environmental Report on the site before it transferred the land to the National Park Service and they found some bodies still below the landfill. The subsequent archaeological report suggests that there are 200 to 999 bodies still buried beneath the padded landscape. ###
This next map shows the Presidio Trust Management Plan's suggestions as to how the site should be treated going forward. They rightly believe the cemetery should not be further disturbed. The tennis courts and parking lot should be removed and the whole area planted with native vegetation. A monument or plaque perhaps, should be constructed with all the known names still available so this slight can be somewhat rectified and the matter finally put to rest.
FLASH!... - NEWS UPDATE - October 30, 2011..............
* "Ladies Seaman's Friend Society Annual Report for 1854", San Francisco History Room, San Francisco Main Public Library.
### "Summary of the San Francisco Marine Hospital Cemetery, Presidio of San Francisco, California", by Mary L. Maniery, June 1994.