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Brick barracks at the Presidio

 the Presidio and
 Fort Point

Located on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, the Presidio occupies over 1,433 acres, characterized by many wooded areas, hills and scenic vistas overlooking the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

Originally a Spanish fort built in 1776, the Presidio was seized by the U.S. Military in 1846 and in 1853 work was begun on Fort Point. Situated at the foot of the Golden Gate, Fort Point was the keystone of an elaborate network of fortifications to defend San Francisco Bay.

Fort Point
Fort Point

The Presidio organized regiments of volunteers for the Civil War and later became the nation’s center for assembling, training and shipping out forces to the Spanish American War in the Philippine Islands. It was a launching point for forces and a receiving point for war wounded in World War II in Asia as well as the Korean War, the Vietnam conflict and Desert Storm, the First Gulf War.

In 1994 the Sixth Army was inactivated and the Presidio was transferred to the National Park Service.

An act of Congress established the Presidio Trust, a U.S. government corporation, in 1996, and in partnership with the National Park Service, the Trust now manages most of the park. A main objective of the Trust’s program was to achieve financial self-sufficiency by fiscal year 2013. Thanks to residential and commercial tenants, this has happened far ahead of schedule. New facilities include the Letterman Digital Arts Center (LDAC) built by Lucasfilm, now the headquarters of Industrial Light and Magic and LucasArts.

See web sites: www.nps.gov/prsf/ and www.nps.gov/fopo/

  (photo © Chee-onn Leong)

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