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Cannons

San Francisco's Presidio was home to a military base for over 100 years. The military base was disbanded in the 1980s, but the Presidio area which is now mostly used for recreational activities and by businesses, is still a walking museum of what was once a coastal defence outpost with mainly artillery units. This page has a collection of all the photos in the Presidio that were once meant to protect San Francisco from invasion in a number of wars.

Hiking Nature Photo

Real Battle Cannon

This cannon was hit by an enemy cannon ball and had its gun shattered as you can see from the picture. It was brought to The Presidio as a display piece.

Battle Cannon Photo

Battle Cannon Close Photo

Destroyed Cannon Photo

Showpiece Cannons

Some of the cannons at the park have artful designs all over them. Likely they were not meant for battle, but rather decorative or high-visibility spots.

Artistic Cannon Photo

Artistic Cannon Photo Number Two

Cannon Balls Photo

Heavy Old Cannon

World War 2 - Long Range Artillery

Below are photos of a French-made long-range artillery piece. This particular artillery piece was made in 1918 and used in World War 2 by the United States military. This cannon was able to shoot 50-pound projectiles for distances up to 10 miles.

World War 2 Artillery

World War 2 Artillery Two

Artillery Gun

More Historic Cannons

Fort Point at San Francisco's Presidio is home to a museum of cannons. Here are some photos of different pieces of artillery from different eras, each meant for its own type of use.

Battlefield Cannon Photo

Battlefield Cannon Photo

Coastal Artillery Defending Waters of San Francisco

During World War II, the United States military created three batteries of these gigantic cannons to defend against an oncoming invasion. Today, only one of the cannons remain in its place, but visitors can see old dugouts for where the other cannons would have been. If you walk along the coast of San Francisco from Baker Beach to Golden Gate Bridge, you can see 3 World War II batteries, with 3-4 such gigantic cannons at each battery. Each battery is approximately half a mile apart from one another.

Coastal Artillery Photo

Presidio Coastal Artillery Photo

Cannon Battery Photo

More Historic Cannons From 1800s

1800s Artillery

Field Cannon

If you like historic things like cannons, you may be interested in knowing that there are a number of shipwrecks that sunk off the coast of San Francisco. A few of these shipwrecks can be seen above water during low tide in the Lands End area and off Noriega street.