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Fort Point

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    25.05 acres

Description

You are likely to award this National Historic Site as having the most astonishing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. A Civil War-era brick fort, it lies directly below the southern end of the span. Check for tours, especially candlelight evening ones, cannon drills, and annual Civil War reenactments. Interestingly, no military action ever occurred here. Completed in 1861, Fort Point never saw action during the Civil War, and the advent of rifled artillery soon rendered this type of fortification obsolete. During construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss redesigned the bridge to preserve the fortress as a “fine example of the mason’s art.”