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Ocean Beach and Fort Funston
San Francisco, California

Almost the entire western shore of San Francisco consists of this long beach backed by low sand dunes. Directly exposed to the broad Pacific it remains a wild place with heavy surf and constant winds. The dunes once spread far inland, but have now been tamed by Golden Gate Park and paved over as the Richmond and Sunset Districts.

Fort Funston, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, was originally a key part of San Francisco's coastal defenses, with heavy artillery emplacements and later a Nike missile base.

Wikipedia: Ocean_Beach,_San_Francisco, California

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Ocean Beach Near the Beach Chalet

Ocean Beach Near the Beach Chalet

The northern part of Ocean Beach is flanked by the Esplanade and parking.

The Great Highway, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 4, 2011
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The Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park

The Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park

The Beach Chalet, built in 1925 and restored in 1996, with a visitor center downstairs and restaurant above.

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 4, 2011
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Ocean Beach Dunes in San Francisco

Ocean Beach Dunes in San Francisco

Dunes line Ocean Beach south of Golden Gate Park.

The Great Highway, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 6, 2011
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Fort Funston Base End Station

Fort Funston Base End Station

One of the "base end stations" used for aimimg artillery formerly installed at Fort Funston.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 6, 2011
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Fort Funston Hang Glider Launch Area

Fort Funston Hang Glider Launch Area

The hang-glider launch area at Fort Funston, at the top of a very steep sand dune.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 6, 2011
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On top of a concealed artillery emplacement at Fort Funston

On top of a concealed artillery emplacement at Fort Funston

On top of a concealed artillery emplacement at Fort Funston

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: March 30, 2001
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East of Battery Davis at Fort Funston

East of Battery Davis at Fort Funston

East of Battery Davis at Fort Funston

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: March 30, 2001
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