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?
In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.