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SAN FRANCISCO ●Attractions●Historical Sites

Fort Point National Historic Site
 
Located directly under the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge, at end of Marine Dr., The Presidio; take Lincoln Blvd. to Long Ave., turn left, at bottom follow road along water to fort.  Free. 
          Built in 1861, this is the only Civil War-era fort on the West Coast.  Its four tiers once held 126 cannons; now several 10,000 pound-plus originals and replicas are displayed.  It is perhaps even more famous as the site in Hitchcock’s Vertigo where Kim Novak’s character jumped into the bay. 

          Candlelight Fort Tours occur each winter.  Participants see the fort from the viewpoint of a Civil War soldier.  What was it like in the 1860s to live in drafty quarters heated by fireplaces and lighted by candles?  What kind of food did the soldiers eat and how was it prepared?  A walk through the 1870 gun emplacements located south of the fort concludes each tour.

 

 

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