After spending some time exploring the Presidio, we soldiered on to Fort Point. Built at the height of the California Gold Rush, Fort Point was designed to protect the nation from any naval attack. While it never had to rise to that occasion, the fort survived the Civil War, earthquakes, and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. The original construction plans for the Golden Gate Bridge included the demolition of Fort Point. However, the Chief Engineer, Joseph Strauss, appreciated the architectural value of the Fort and revised the bridge plans to allow it to be built around the now National Historic Site.
This is an example of a soldier’s quarters at the Fort back in the 1800s.
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