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California Historical Landmark 82
Castillo De San Joaquín Site
Built 1794
Demolished 1853 For Construction of Fort Point

California Historical Landmark #82: Castillo De San Joaquín Site
26 March 2004
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Castillo De San Joaquín Site

The first ship to enter San Francisco Bay, the San Carlos (Captain Ayala), dropped anchor off this point August 5, 1775. Lieutenant-Colonel Don Juan Bautista de Anza planted the cross on Cantil Blanco (White Cliff) March 28, 1776. The first fortification, Castillo de San Joaquín, was completed December 8, 1794 by José Joaquín de Arrillaga, sixth Governor of California. In 1853 United States Army engineers cut down the cliff and built Fort Point, renamed Fort Winfield Scott in 1882. This fort, a partial replica of Fort Sumter, is the only brick fort west of the Mississippi, its seawall has stood undamaged for over a hundred years.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation


We were unable to locate a commemorative marker for Castillo De San Joaquín.
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