• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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  • Tunnel Closure

    The Barry/Baker tunnel on Bunker Road will be closed for maintenance during the weeks of 6/2 and 6/9. The tunnel will be open on the weekends. Please use Conzelman Road instead. More »

  • Muir Beach Overlook closure

    The Muir Beach Overlook will be closed for Accessibility improvements and trail upgrades from June 2 through July 21. Alternate viewpoints are available along Highway 1 between there and Stinson Beach.

Battery Townsley High-Resolution Photos

photo of a trailer transporting a 16-in gun near Waldo Grade in 1939
Transportation of Gun Tube No. 87, near Waldo Grade on August 28, 1939.
Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration
 
historic image of 16-inch gun on trailer
16-inch gun on transport trailer, circa 1939.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Park Archives and Records Center, National Park Service
 
Townsley gun mounted in it's casemate
Battery Townsley gun , mounted, circa 1940
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Park Archives and Records Center, National Park Service
 
historic image of the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri, 1945
16-inch gun #386 aboard USS MISSOURI during the Japanese surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945. The barrel was removed from the battleship turret during the Korean War and put into storage.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
 
historic image of Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri, 1945
16-inch gun #386 aboard USS MISSOURI during the Japanese surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945. The barrel was removed from the battleship turret during the Korean War and put into storage.
Photo courtesy of Libary of Congress
 
the 16-inch gun on its side in Hawthorne, NV.
16-inch gun # 386 at Hawthorne, NV, circa 2012
Photo courtesy of Tim Tyler

Did You Know?

Franklin Street at Fort Mason

By the 1850s, Fort Mason was established as a military installation and the buildings on Franklin Street, constructed between 1864 and 1913, are some of the earliest remaining buildings at Fort Mason.