It was created in 1939 for the World's Fair by dredging up dirt from the San Francisco Bay.
In WWII it became part of the Treasure Island Naval Base[?]. In 1996 it and the Presidio Army Base[?] were decommissioned, and opened to public control, under stipulations.
Richard P. Feynman
"for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, ...
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