The nominal Mission of the Mission was San Francisco de Asis, founded by Spanish Franciscans in 1776, but Yelamu Indians inhabited the area around Mission Creek for thousands of years before that.

Since the Spanish came, there’s been waves of immigrants and newcomers: Irish, Germans, Latin Americans, freaks, geeks and more. It’s a complex history full of unexpected anecdotes. To get the historical lowdown, we suggest the following syllabi:

Take a mural tour with Precita Eyes, a nonprofit thatʼs been the neighborhoodʼs chief street-art advocate for decades.

Check out our Mission History page.

For a good walking tour, take a peek at our map of Mission history and art history.

Found SF also has a nifty online archive of Mission history.