Tucked underneath the Golden Gate Bridge is a military fort once so important to the Bay Area that the bridge was designed and built around it.
Today it is a national and state historical landmark, the site of tours and recreation.
In 1853 the fort was strategically built at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay to withstand any foreign attack. It first served to protect during the Gold Rush of the 1850s, then later when the Civil War broke out.
Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, there were seven-foot-thick walls; concrete fortifications; steel, breech-loading rifled guns; and 103 of the most formidable cannons of the time.
A shot was never fired and an attack never came, but over the years the fort would be used for various military needs.
Interestingly, this major military fortification hosted a family Halloween event last week, featuring a children’s costume parade. Part of the mosaic of living in the 21st century.
In the 1930s during the design phase of the bridge, there was much debate about what to do with the fort. Joseph Strauss, the lead engineer, recommended the bridge be built around the fort, so that is what was done.
Many movies and television shows have been filmed at this picturesque site, the most popular being Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” when Kim Novak jumped into the water and Jimmy Stewart rescued her.
Watch for another thrilling scene that takes place at Fort Point, in my new book available in a few days.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander