Golden Gate Bridge up close
Fort Point, a fine example of the mason’s art, is a masonry seacoast fortification located at the southern side of the Golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. This fort was completed just before the American Civil War by the United States Army, to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships. Work on Fort Point started in 1853, the fort's first cannon was mounted in 1861 and it eventually housed 103 smooth-bore cannon. Initial plans for the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s called for the fort's removal but the bridge was redesigned to save the fort.
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