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Battery Crosby

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Panorama taken from Battery Crosby. The panorama shows the view over Golden Gate to the Marin Headlands to the north. The image was taken late in the day, with a low sun illuminating the Golden Gate Bridge. To the south is Baker Beach and then the view continues along the coast of San Francisco to Lands End headland.


Battery Crosby - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Battery Crosby' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.

Battery Crosby at Fort Scott was built in 1900 and held two M1897MI 6-inch rifles mounted on M1898 carriages. Named after Lieutenant Franklin B. Crosby, who was killed in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia in 1863, this was the key lookout point to protect the underwater mine fields laid ocean-side of the Golden Gate Bridge and the harbour entrance.

Abandoned in 1945 after the end of WWII, Battery Crosby remains part of the National Historical Landmark under the care of the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust who took over custodianship of the area after its service as a military base was completed.

A coastal trail along the western rim of the Presidio takes in magnificent views and allows access to several beaches including Bakers Beach and Marshalls Beach.


Bus: Merchant St & Lincoln Blvd (29)
Car: From central San Francisco take the 101 north to the Golden Gate Bridge. Just before the bridge, turn off to the Vista Acess and then onto Lincoln Blvd. If coming south on the 101 from Marin Headlands, turn off the highway just after the toll station onto Merchant Road.

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