San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Historic San Francisco Port of Embarkation
As the Port of Embarkation, Fort Mason played a critical role in the emergence of the United States as a world power. One of its first missions was delivering supplies and personnel to the western portion of the Panama Canal construction.
During World War II, Fort Mason commanded a vast network of personnel and shipping facilities that existed throughout the Bay Area. More than 1.5 million troops and over 23.5 million tons of cargo shipped out to the Pacific from Fort Masonís piers.
In addition to the outgoing personnel and supplies, all American dead being returned to United States from the Pacific were brought through Fort Mason. Japanese and German prisoners of war were projected through its facilities.
The coming of peace saw the flow of soldiers and cargo reversed. Between September 1945 and October 1946, Fort Masonís pier welcomed nearly 800,000 homebound troops.
In 1962 the army declared the site military surplus. Fort Mason,
Fort Mason Center opened its doors as a nonprofit in 1977 to offer an affordable supportive campus for nonprofit arts, education, and recreational organizations. The mission today has evolved but remains true to the original concept of connecting and engaging people with arts and culture and providing a vibrant, affordable gathering place and a home for thought-provoking programs, events, and organizations.
Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Location. 37° 48.347′ N, 122° 25.919′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Laguna Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco CA 94123, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Francisco Port of Embarkation (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Mason Historic District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named 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 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marina Air Field (approx. half a mile away); First Ship into San Francisco Bay (approx. half a mile away); The Clock Tower (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is located in the lower parking lot of Fort Mason Center, near Building A.
Also see . . . Fort Mason - Wikipedia. Fort Mason can be split into two distinct areas. The upper area, sometimes called Fort Mason, is situated on a headland and was the site of the original coastal fortifications. The lower area, Fort Mason Center, is situated close to water level to the west of Upper Fort Mason, and is the site of the former military port, with its piers and warehouses. (Submitted on November 6, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.