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Sentinel at the Golden Gate

In 2012 the Bridge had its 75th birthday!


Fort Point was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1853 to 1861) to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay. It cost $3 mm dollars, $400,000 of it on a 2,000-foot long granite sea wall. The Fort has been called “the pride of the Pacific,” “the Gibraltar of the West Coast,” and “one of the most perfect models of masonry in America. It became a National Historic Site, October 1970.

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Updated November 2012