Fort Point – Nat’l Historic Site

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AboutIf the flag is flying, the fort is open.

Once called the “Gilbraltar of the West Coast”, Fort Point is a brick and granite coastal defense fortification built between 1853 and 1861 by the US Army. It sits at the base of a taller cliff that was destroyed, upon which Spain had set up its fort back in the 1780s: El Castillo de San Joaquín.

Fort Point was part of the United States’ seacoast defense system created by the Army to deter any enemy warships from entering San Francisco Bay. It never engaged in battle, although during the US Civil War, some 300 men, staffing the fort’s 102 cannon, defended Union interests from attacks by local sympathizers of the Confederacy.

After the Civil War, the number of soldiers stationed here dwindled until the fort stood vacant in the early 1900s, and then didn’t get staffed again until World War II.

When you're thereRanger Talks

On days when Fort Point is open, at 11:30AM and 1:30PM park rangers lead a 15-minute talk about the history of Fort Point.

Get going!Use the Get Directions button on the embedded map below.

More info: www.nps.gov/fopo/

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