The Fort Point Light is a lighthouse in San Francisco, and a very small one, situated on top of a large, three story structure that was once an Army fort of the same name, built in 1854. Fort Point helped to protect the harbor from attack during the Civil War. The Fort Point Light is the third fort in this location. Once the Golden Gate Bridge was built, the lighthouse could no longer function as it was intended. Instead, a navigational light and a fog signal were placed on the south tower of the bridge. In 1970, Fort Point Light and Fort Point became new additions to the National Historic Site.
The Fort Point Light and the area around it are now called Fort Point National Historic Site. The architecture of this old fort is a fascinating example of brick masonry from that era. There are usually planned events going on at Fort Point, such as Civil War re-enactments, and you can also tour the building on your own or with a guide.
Address: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 1415 Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA