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

Defending the Golden Gate

 
 
Defending the Golden Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
1. Defending the Golden Gate Marker
Marker located on the top floor on the bay side.
Inscription. This level is called the "barbette tier" Cannon mounted "en barbette" have carriages which permit soldiers to fire them over a parapet (or wall). The parapet here is 7 feet 2 inches thick.

Fort Point's barbette cannon could sink any wooden ship entering the Golden Gate. No enemy vessel ever tried to pass the guns of Fort Point.
"From the barbette, some shell practice was had, the target being on the opposite shore, at Lime Point. But the fuses proved imperfect, the shells exploded almost immediately upon starting on their journey. This of course will be at once remedied."
San Franscico Call, July 14, 1864
newspaper reporter Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
 
Erected by Fort Point National Historic Site Serivices.
 
Location. 37° 48.635′ N, 122° 28.626′ W. Marker is in San Franscico, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Marine Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located on Building 201 on the bay side of the top floor of the Fort Point Historical Site. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94123, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Defending the Golden Gate
Defending the Golden Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
2. Defending the Golden Gate Marker
(here, next to this marker); Fort Point Light (here, next to this marker); Castillo de San Joaquin (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Point (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Golden Gate Bridge: Vision, Genius and Expert Care (approx. 0.2 miles away); Men of Vision (approx. 0.2 miles away); Setting A Deadly Obstacle Course (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crissy Field (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
3. Photo Displayed on Marker
The Spanish recognized the strategic importance of the "Point" in 1776 when selecting the location of the Presidio of San Francisco. In 1794, they built the Castillo de San Joaquin and armed it which bronze and iron cannon.
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
4. Photo Displayed on Marker
In 1853, the United States Army blasted away the bluff where the Castillo de San Joauin stood in order to build a modern fortification closer to sea level-the fort at Fort Point.
Barbette Battery 8-Inch Columbiad 1844 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
5. Barbette Battery 8-Inch Columbiad 1844
This is located on the first floor of Fort Point.
Fort Point, San Franscico, California under the Golden Gate Bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 14, 2016
6. Fort Point, San Franscico, California under the Golden Gate Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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