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Fort Point


Fort Point was constructed at the entrance of San Francisco Bay during the California Gold Rush (1853-1861). It is considered the most impressive fortification built west of the Mississippi River. For much of its existence, Fort Point has been underutilized, often used as military housing. In 1970, the National Park Service adopted Fort Point as a National Historic Site.

Fun Fact: Although it has never seen battle, Fort Point was intended as a naval base to protect northern California against foreign attacks.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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