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

Fort Point Light

 
 
Fort Point Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
1. Fort Point Light Marker
Inscription. The treacherous waters of the Golden Gate have claimed dozens of ships and hundreds of lives.

Beginning in 1852, the United States Government funded the construction of a chain of 59 light-houses along the California coast. The Fort Point light was one of 13 servicing San Francisco Bay.

The first Fort Point light was built and destroyed in 1853. Army engineers blasted away the bluff on which it stood to allow for the construction of Fort Point. A second lighthouse, built near the water in 1855, was removed to permit seawall construction. Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Williamson, designed this third Fort Point light, finished in 1864.

In 1934, the U.S. Lighthouse Services keepers extinguished the Fort Point light for the last time due to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

"There is nothing here to see. There is the ocean and the sand and the guns and the soldiers. That is all. It grows monotonous. Always the ocean and the sand and the guns and the soldiers. As for the ships, one grows tired of them too. I have my family and my pleasures."
Keeper James Rankin, ca, 1915

 
Erected by Fort Point National Historic Site Serivices.
 
Location. 37° 48.635′ 
Fort Point Light and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
2. Fort Point Light and Marker
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. The marker is located at the Fort Point National Historic 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. Defending the Golden Gate (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Defending the Golden Gate (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, CastlesNotable Places
 
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
3. Photo Displayed on Marker
The photograph, taken between 1914 and 1933, shows the three lighthouse keeper's quarters, the bridge used by the keepers to cross to the fort, and the lighthouse and fog horn on top of Fort Point.
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
4. Photo Displayed on Marker
An earlier photograph, taken between 1884 and 1888 shows the the keeper's quarters, a footbridge, the lighthouse, and the fog bell housing (hanging onto the side of the fort).
Fort Point Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
5. Fort Point Light Marker
James Rankin, Keeper of the Fort Point light, 1878 to 1919.
Fort Point Light 1864 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, October 15, 2016
6. Fort Point Light 1864
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 52 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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