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Fort Baker Through the Years: The Post, the Park, The Lodge

Kristin L. Baron by and John A. Martini

Fort Baker lies hard-by the famous Golden Gate, literally in the shadow of the famous bridge. For nearly 140 years it was a stronghold of the the U.S. Army, where glowering coastal fortifications overlooked snug Victorian military houses. Built to protect San Francisco from enemies that never came, the fort today is a part of the National Park Service and home to the world-famous Cavallo Point Lodge at the Golden Gate.

For the first time, the fort's fascinating human an historic stories are retold in the publication, Fort Baker Through The Years: The Post, The Park, The Lodge.


Written by historical architect Kristin Baron and historian John Martini, Fort Baker Through the Years provides fascinating glimpses into the fort's many stories: the Huimen people who lived along its shores for centuries, the early Spanish and Mexican settlers, fog-bound lighthouse keepers, and the soldiers who manned the fort's guns and lived in its barracks. In addition, the book contains numerous appendices on the fort's individual buildings, its armament, the military units stationed there, and the officers who commanded the post.

ISBN: 978-0-9761494-2-2

Inside you'll find:

  • Historical and present-day photographs

  • In-depth history of the evolution of Fort Baker

  • Historical and contemporary maps and photographs

  • Artist’s renderings of the never-built fort at Lime Point

  • Self-guided tours of the fort’s parade ground and waterfront

  • Building histories for today’s Cavallo Point: The Lodge at the Golden Gate

  • Appendices with detailed information on army units, commanding officers and fortifications

    Maps to help you get there, hike the area and navigate the site

  • Index

  • Book award


    June 15, 2012

    Hole in the Head Press is pleased to be the recipient of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association has chosen Fort Baker Through the Years as their 2012 BAIPA Book Award Winner as the best military history book.

  • Visit Historical Fort Baker

    Fort Baker is a historic army post located in the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The park is a part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The site consists of over 25 historic army buildings clustered around a main parade ground, a sheltered harbor protected by a jetty, a number of historic gun emplacements, and trails and forested areas climbing gently up from San Francisco Bay.

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  • Meet John Martini

    John Martini

    Author, Historian, Lecturer.
    "One of LinkedIn's top 1% most endorsed in the U.S. for History!"

    You may be able to catch John A. Martini at a book signing or tour. Or visit his site. As a retired NPS park ranger who was curator of Military History at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Fort Point National Historic Site, Alcatraz Island, and the Presidio of San Francisco), he continues to writes, lecture and share his knowledge. Let us know if you'd like to a be added to the mailing list announcing his next event. Add me to the list!