Bernal History Project

Bernal Heights is a hilltop village, tucked away in the southern part of San Francisco. Freeways and urban thoroughfares now bound a neighborhood once defined by the swamps and creeks of the original Mexican land grant. From the 1860s legend of Widow O'Brien's cow to the current fight over the preservation of the branch library's murals, residents have tirelessly guarded and recorded their environment. Bernal is diverse, vibrant, and still evolving.

Bernal Heights from 26th and Fair Oaks 1921 - David Gallagher

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Historic Bernal News
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  • Robbed a Schoolhouse. February 16, 1893

    Thomas Curtin, a sixteen-year-old resident of Bernal Heights, was locked up at the Seventeenth-street police station last evening on a charge of burglary.

    Last Saturday evening the Bernal Heights School, on Cortland Avenue, was entered and a box containing 95 cents was stolen from one of the teacher's desks. The money was the nucleus of a fund used to purchase text-books for indigent pupils.

    Curtin is alleged to have committed the felony.