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Ammunition Magazine

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 2, 2021
1. Ammunition Magazine Marker
Inscription.  This ammunition storage structure was erected in the summer of 1863 as part of the U.S. Army's initial development of the Main Post. It was used to securely store rifle ammunition for soldiers quartered in nearby barracks. Fort Point, and the later coastal batteries, had separate magazines for the coastal guns.

If you examine the exterior you will find a cannonball embedded in the stonework on the west wall. This stone building has an interior chamber measuring 17 by 20 feet. Ventilation space was built into the stone walls and a wooden lining within the vault provided protection against possible sparks caused by metal striking the stone walls. A domed roof of lighter construction originally covered the magazine. In the event of an accidental explosion, the blast would have been exerted skyward rather than sideways. The red tile roof was added in 1941 as the post adopted a uniform Mission style of architecture.

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Top left: Looking west toward the whitewashed stone magazine in about 1900. The surrounding buildings were later demolished by the Army. To the right is a wood windbreak covered with vines.
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 2, 2021
2. Ammunition Magazine Marker
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Top right: The magazine was used to store the blank rounds for the daily morning-evening gun salute. Here the guns are ready for a twenty-one gun salute. Park Archives
Bottom right: Drawings for the magazine as constructed in 1863. National Archives
 
Erected by National Park Service and The Presidio Trust.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureForts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 37° 47.948′ N, 122° 27.525′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Anza Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Sheridan Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pershing Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Outpost of an Empire (within shouting distance of this marker); North West Corner of Original Presidio (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montgomery Street Barracks (about 300 feet away); The Ordoñez Gun (about 400 feet away); War in the Philippines (about
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400 feet away); Sixth Army Headquarters (about 500 feet away); Infantry Row (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 9 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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