Not every Union soldier was assigned to the horrors of Shiloh or Antietam. Rather he was sent west to guard the war chest of the government, the port of San Francisco, from Ft. Point. There he had to endure the damp chilled winds off the Pacific. Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 by the U.S. Army Engineers as part of a defense system of forts planned for the protection of San Francisco Bay. Designed at the height of the Gold Rush, the fort and its companion fortifications would protect the Bay's important commercial and military installations against foreign attack. The fort was built in the Army's traditional "Third System" style of military architecture (a standard adopted in the 1820s), and would be the only fortification of this impressive design constructed west of the Mississippi River. Great views of the natural Golden Gate and the Golden Gate Bridge. Wear a jacket, particularly if you want to explore inside or on the topmost battlement.