Fort Point was built to defend the entrance to San Francisco Bay from attack by enemy ships.
The Fort was designed to support the mounting of 126 large cannons.
By 1900, the last cannons were removed, and the Fort was henceforth used for storage and training purposes.
Fort Point is the only Third System brick fort on the west coast of the U.S.
Between 1933 and 1937, the Fort was used as a base of operations and staging area for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The chief architect of the Golden Gate Bridge, Joseph Strauss, wished that that Fort Point be "preserved and restored as a national monument", and designed the bridge with an archway to elevate the pre-span roadway above the Fort.
Fort Point was named a National Historic Site on October 16, 1970.
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