• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Fort Point

Fort Point interior photo with Golden Gate Bridge above
The brick fort at Fort Point was completed in 1861 and held up to 102 cannon.

Completed in 1861, Fort Point is a massive brick and granite fortification constructed to defend the San Francisco Bay from naval attack. Rendered obsolete with the development of rifled artillery during the Civil War, Fort Point's guns were removed by 1900. It never fired a shot in hostility.

The only fortification of its type on the Pacific coast, Fort Point stands beneath the soaring Golden Gate Bridge. Video orientations, guided tours, self-guiding materials, exhibits, and publication sales are available.

Visit the Fort Point site for more information and current operating hours.


Did You Know?

The 6th Army Band during Alpert's service.

Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.