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Fort Point National Historic Site

Bicycle Route 202, San Francisco, California 94129 USA

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Fort Point National Historic Site

San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“Immerse yourself in Civil War History”

From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period.

In 1926 the American Institute of Architects proposed preserving the fort for its outstanding military architecture. Funds were unavailable, and the ideas languished. Plans for the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s called for the fort's removal, but Chief Engineer Joseph Straussredesigned the bridge to save the fort. "While the old fort has no military value now," Strauss said, "it remains nevertheless a fine example of the mason's art, It should be preserved and restored as a national monument."

The fort is situated directly below the southern approach to the bridge, underneath an arch that supports the roadway.Preservation efforts were revived after World War II. On October 16, 1970, Pre signed a bill creating Fort Point National Historic Site. Visit the center and take in the view of the bridge, the bay, and the history.. all at once.

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Reviewed by
cynthia62

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 21, 2014
Rated 4.0

Glad the decision was made to preserve this tiny parcel of history. While not an outstanding place to view the bridge and it's surroundings, it does offer a lovely vista for taking pictures.

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Reviewed by
Flinton

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

Easy to walk up steps to get on the bridge

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sophie Primeau

  • 15 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
July 29, 2014
Rated 3.0

nice place for taking pictures of the bridge, there a lot of peoples there too.
it's not the best view but it's make a different kind of pictures of this icon bridge

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Fort Point National Historic Site

Bicycle Route 202
San Francisco, California
94129 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
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