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Fort Point

 
 
Fort Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
1. Fort Point Marker
Inscription. Fort Point is considered one of the finest examples of military architecture in the United States and is San Franciscos only major building constructed before the Civil War which has remained basically unchanged since it was completed and garrisoned in February 1861. Two months later the firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, marked the beginning of the Civil War, but the bombardment also clearly demonstrated that brick and granite fortresses could not withstand the devastating power of the rifled cannon. Fort Point was the last such fortress to be constructed.
 
Erected 1966 by Fort Point Museum Association.
 
Location. 37° 48.581′ N, 122° 28.574′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Marine Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on the left side of walkway between parking area and entrance to the Fort. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Castillo de San Joaquin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Golden Gate Bridge: Vision, Genius and Expert Care (about 600 feet away); Men of Vision
Fort Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
2. Fort Point Marker
(about 700 feet away); Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crissy Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (approx. 0.6 miles away); Braving Wind and Waves (approx. 0.6 miles away); Military Intelligence Service Language School (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Regarding Fort Point. Fort Point is located under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge
 
Also see . . .
1. California State Military Museum Fort Point. (Submitted on August 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Fort Point National Historic Site. (Submitted on August 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesLandmarksMilitary
 
Fort Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Konrad R Summers, August 18, 2012
3. Fort Point Marker
This identifies where the Fort Point Marker is located. The Rock in the foreground is where the marker is mounted.
Fort Point National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
4. Fort Point National Historic Site
Outside View of Fort Point image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
5. Outside View of Fort Point
Inside View of Fort Point image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
6. Inside View of Fort Point
California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
7. California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
Fort Point
1861
Photo on Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
8. Photo on Display
Gorge Side of Fort Point - 1865
First Floor: Privies, storage rooms, jail, and powder magazine.
Second Floor: Privies, officer's mess, officer's quarters, and hospital.
Third Floor: Privies, enlisted men's mess, and enlisted men's quarters.
Fourth Floor: (Barbette): Eleven 32 - Pounder cannon.
Fort Point image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
9. Fort Point
Wall Demolition image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 3, 2007
10. Wall Demolition
In 1913, work began to convert Fort Point into a Detention Barracks as a result of a Congressional proposal to turn over Alcatraz Island to the Department of Labor for use by the Bureau if Immigration and Naturalization. Soldier prisoners at Alcatraz were to be sent to Fort Point. This portion of the wall was removed at that time. The demolition reveals the brick courses, rubble fill and concrete work used in the construction of the fort.
Artillery Battery at Fort Point image. Click for full size.
By Evan Reader, February 19, 2011
11. Artillery Battery at Fort Point
Re-enactment by 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company G
Vintage Postcard of Fort Point under southern base of the Golden Gate Bridge image. Click for full size.
Mike Roberts, Berkeley, Ca. Distributed by E.F. Clements-S.F., Ca
12. Vintage Postcard of Fort Point under southern base of the Golden Gate Bridge
 
 
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