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San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fort Mason Historic District

U.S. Army Post (1864-1966)

 
 
Fort Mason Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2013
1. Fort Mason Historic District Marker
Captions: Though San Francisco had grown enormously by 1900. Fort Mason was isolated from the city’s bustle by undeveloped open space. (top right); General Dwight D. Eisenhower inspected Fort Mason in 1946. (center right); Guns were mounted at Fort Mason during the Civil War to guard the harbor and city. (center left).
Inscription. First fortified by the Spanish in 1797, this bluff above the bay was re-armed by the U.S. Army in 1864. The post remained active through the Civil War, western Indians Wars, and conflicts abroad, beginning with the Spanish-American War in 1898. During World War II, Fort Mason was the Army’s logistics center for sending troops and supplies to the Pacific.

Fort Mason was designated a National Historic Landmark on February 4, 1985.
 
Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 48.486′ N, 122° 25.605′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of San Francisco Bicycle Route 2 and Van Ness Avenue, on the right when traveling west on San Francisco Bicycle Route 2. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Francisco Port of Embarkation (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Francisco Port of Embarkation (1932-1962) (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Mason Historic District
Fort Mason Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2013
2. Fort Mason Historic District Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); First Ship into San Francisco Bay (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrea's Fountain (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Clock Tower (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named San Francisco Port of Embarkation (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located near the entrance to the Aquatic Park Pier.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Aquatic Park and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 16, 2013
3. Aquatic Park and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
The marker in near the entrance to the pier.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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