National Geographic : 1932 Apr
GOAT, OR YERBA BUENA, ISLAND, IN THE BAY BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND Yerba Buena is Spanish for "good herb," and San Francisco itself was first so named for a fragrant herb that grew hereabouts. The name Goat Island arose after 1835, when goats were turned loose here from some ships. The Navy has used the islandas atraining station. Lying directly inthe path from San Francisco to Oakland, its great value from now on will be its use as a support for the 8-mile bridge between these two cities (see text, page 420).