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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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Fort Winfield Scott

Coast Artillery troops on parade at Fort Scott's parade ground, circa 1930s.

Coast Artillery troops on parade at Fort Scott's parade ground, circa 1930s.

Situated near the gun batteries of the coastal bluffs, Fort Scott was established in 1912 to serve as headquarters for the Coastal Artillery Corps of the San Francisco Bay area. Mission Revival style buildings--the first of this style to be built on the Presidio--characterize the post, and the U-shaped parade ground breaks from traditional quadrangular design. With the advent of missiles and long-range bombers after World War II, Fort Scott lost its strategic significance and became part of the Presidio in 1956. The post was eventually converted to an Army Education Center.
 

Did You Know?

Franciscan monk

In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."