On April 22, 1979, Armistead Maupin was attending the exhumation of a time capsule in this park, buried in 1879. The Mayor, Dianne Feinstein, was in attendance. He was happy his book, Tales of the City, with its gay content, was going to be put into the next time capsule, scheduled to be unearthed in 2079. But he did not expect to be upstaged.
In the capsule there was little of interest, buttons, a news paper, temperance tracts, photos and a newspaper. But inscribed in a book "The Great Geysers of California" by Laura De Force Gordon, it said:
If this little book should see the light after its 100 years of entombment, I would like its readers to know that the author was a lover of her own sex and devoted the best years of her life in striving for the political equality and social and moral elevation of women..