Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge

February 20, 2010 · 5 comments

8-720-66  stock photo of California, San Francisco, Fort Point beneath Golden Gate Bridge

Directly underneath the landmark Golden Gate Bridge, hidden from the view of the steady stream of daily commuters and tourists, lies a surprising and secret treasure – a Civil War era brick and mortar fort built to protect the San Francisco Bay from unknown invaders, and now an unlikely tourist attraction.

The contrast is startling. The massive four-storey masonry walls of Fort Point, a National Historic Site, enclose a damp and austere stone courtyard where Civil War soldiers once stood guard. Overhead the international red girders and trusses of the bridge undercarriage convey the constant roar of traffic. Old and new. Brick and steel. Yesterday and today.

Fort Point is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

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