Fort Point NHS Video

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The United States Army built Fort Point during the Gold Rush to defend San Francisco Bay against foreign attacks. Completed just before the start of the Civil War, it never saw battle. Renowned for its fine masonry, it was saved from demolition in the 1930s. The Golden Gate Bridge architect designed the span to arch over the fort instead of razing it. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area shows the introductory video, embedded below, in Fort Point’s theater.

After exploring the Marin Headlands on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge (you can see my post on the Marin Headlands by clicking here,) we drove across the famous bridge to visit Fort Point nestled under its southern side. We tagged on to the end of a ranger-led tour and explored the three levels where there are historical artifacts on display. There are great views of San Francisco and Alcatraz from the roof. And this view of the Golden Gate is quite a different perspective from the usual bridge vista.


Location: Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129
Designation: National Historic Site
Date designated/established: October 16, 1970
Date of my visit: August 18, 2012