CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Fort Scott: Battery Blaney (1900-1920)
This Endicott-era battery was built to protect the inner harbor and completed and armed in 1900 with four 3-inch, 15-pounder rapid-fire guns on balanced pillar mounts. These guns had a range of 5 miles and could fire at the rate of twenty to thirty rounds per minute for short periods. After the early abandonment of this battery—when the submarine mines were moved to outside the Golden Gate—its magazines were used for storage and the Fort Scott boundary was redrawn to place the battery within the Presidio of San Francisco.
Origin of Name
Battery Blaney was named in honor of Lieutenant Daniel Blaney, Third Artillery, who was killed by the British at Fort Oswego, New York, in 1814.
Access and Current Condition
Battery Blaney is located near the San Francisco National Cemetery and the cavalry stables. It can be reached via a foot trail extending several hundred yards east from an unimproved parking area under the Golden Gate Bridge approach. Limited parking is available near the intersection of Crissy Field Avenue and Incinerator Road. The interior magazines can not be accessed.
Did You Know?
French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, supreme commander of the allied forces during World War I, visited Crissy Field in 1921 and declared it "The last word in airfields."