I went down to the San Francisco waterfront yesterday to see the USS Iowa en route to her new home in Southern California, and there's no better place to view the Golden Gate than from the barbette tier of the Civil War-era Fort Point.
At a time when destroying historic sites in the name of progress (1930s) did not raise many eyebrows or howls of protest, Golden Gate Bridge Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss—to his everlasting credit—saved the old fort by incorporating a massive arch near the bridge's southern anchorage.
Happy 75th Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge!
|Under the arch|
|1870 view of Fort Point|
|USS Iowa passing through the Golden Gate, May 26, 2012|
|The USS Iowa seen from one of Ft. Point's embrasures|