- Baker Beach
Baker Beach is a stateFact|date=June 2008 and national public beach on the
Pacific Oceancoast, on the San Francisco peninsula. It is roughly a half mile long, beginning just south of Golden Gate Point(where the Golden Gate Bridgeconnects to the San Francisco Peninsula), extending southward toward the Seacliff peninsula and the Palace of the Legion of Honorand the Sutro Baths.
Baker Beach is part of the Presidio, which was a military base from the founding of
San Franciscoby the Spanish in 1776until 1997. When the Presidio was decommissioned as a U.S. Army base, it became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service. Baker Beach is the site of one of the few existing colonies where " Hesperolinon congestum", (the Marin Dwarf Flax, a threatened plant), can be found.Fact|date=March 2008
Baker Beach was the original site of the
Burning Manart festival. Its north end (nearest the Golden Gate Bridge) is a well-known nude beach.
shark attackoccurred on Baker Beach on May 7, 1959[ [http://www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/fatal_attacks.htm Fatal Shark Attacks] ] when 18-year old Albert Kogler Jr. was attacked by a Great White Sharkwhile he was fifteen feet deep in water. [ [http://www.southeasternoutdoors.com/wildlife/fish/fatal-shark-attacks.html Southeastern Outdoors - Fatal Shark Attacks ] ] This was the only shark attack recorded on Baker Beach.
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