"Fort Point" SAN FRANCISCO Tip by speedy77

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The US Army Corps of Engineers constructed it between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into the San Francisco Bay. The fort was designed to mount 126 massive cannon. The fort was occupied throughout the Civil War, but the advent of faster, more powerful rifled cannon made brick forts obsolete. In 1886 the troops were withdrawn, and the last cannon were removed in about 1900. The fort was then used for storage and training purposes for many years.
Between 1933-37 the fort was used as a base of operations for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. During WW II, Fort point was occupied by about 100 soldiers who manned searchlights and rapid-fire cannon mounted atop the part of the protection of a submarine net strung across the entrance to the Bay.
Fort Point is the only third system brick fort on the W coast of the United States. It became a national Historic Site on October 16th, 1970.

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  • Updated Mar 30, 2004
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