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

  • I’d heard there are restrictions on the use of tripods within the park. Is this true? makes life hard for us LF guys.

    • haven’t had any trouble @facebook-1175975312:disqus . If you were doing a large commercial shoot with models you might want to get a permit but for a solitary shooter with a tripod and a camera bag I have never had an issue

  • Cool shot David! I was just there and took a shot from above. I also took some shots of dolphins in the bay, very cool. I love SF!

  • Indeed it is. I am constantly surprised by what lies in unexpected corners of the SF Bay area

  • jimgoldstein

    A very neat take on this site. The juxtaposition of steel and brick is a nice one. This is definitely a fun place to explore.

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