All the neighborhoods in the North District have a common border - the Presidio. Originally a Spanish military stockade, the Presidio was later occupied by the U.S. Army in 1846 then abandoned in 1849. Some of the buildings were rebuilt to imitate the Spanish Mission style, and the officers’ quarters and parade grounds are still spread out along the beautiful wooded hills of the Presidio. The oldest intact building on the fort is the Army Museum. Other North District neighborhoods have a unique history, as well. Founded by Benito Diaz, a Spanish chaplain, Cow Hollow was once filled with natural springs, sand dunes and a small lagoon. It was named after the dairy farms in the area during the 19th century. The original Indian inhabitants of the Marina lived on the dunes and near the tidal marshlands that today are the sites of luxurious residences and trendy shops. In 1906, the Marina was completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake and resulting fire. Out of the ashes, sprang new life in the development of residential and commercial property in the Marina.
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