Wednesday, September 5 – Nike Missile Tour
Bill Yenne has organized a PHA tour of Nike Missile Site SF-88 at Fort Barry, the only fully restored Nike missile site in the country. During the tense years of the Cold War the United States Army built and operated close to 300 Nike missile sites in the United States as a last line of defense against Soviet bombers. SF-88 housed The Nike-Ajax, and its successor the nuclear-capable Nike-Hercules, medium range antiaircraft missiles that could shoot down planes traveling at two to three times the speed of sound.
Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers working in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the continuous task of restoration at site SF-88L this site, an enduring reminder of the realities of the Cold War, is open to visitors like PHA members.
To carpool, meet at the Presidio Visitor Center at 9:30 AM or meet at the site at 10:00 AM. [Map]
Sunday, September 30 – Batteries To The Bluffs Walking Tour of Fort Scott Artillery Batteries With John Martini
On this easy walk we’ll explore the new Bay Trail and Coastal Trail that skirt the bluff tops of Fort Winfield Scott. We’ll enjoy gorgeous views and see the army fortifications that guarded the bay from the 1860s through World War II. Highlights include vistas of the Golden Gate straits, coastal gun emplacements, a stroll beneath the girders of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a peek at the expansive soon-to-be-renovated parade ground and barracks at Fort Winfield Scott. 2 hours.
Meet at the Battery East parking lot on Lincoln Blvd (directly across from Pilots’ Row Housing) at 9:00 AM. [Map]
Please let us know you are joining PHA on this tour here
Saturday, October 13 – Tour Of Historical Vallejo
We will meet at the San Francisco Ferry Building at 9:30 AM to set off on the 10AM ferry to Vallejo, where we will begin a short walking tour of Old Downtown, including the Lower Georgia district, frequented by Navy sailors and once known for its drinking, gambling and bordello houses. From there we will tour the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum. Our tour will be guided by Brendan Riley, author of Lower Georgia Street. Before returning to San Francico, we will have lunch at the Mare Island Brewery Taproom at the Vallejo Ferry Building.
If you are joining us from the East Bay, Marin, or other location that it is easier to drive to Vallejo from, please let us know and meet us at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal at our estimated docking time, 11AM. [Map]
9:30AM Meet at SF Ferry Building Peets.
10:00AM Depart on Ferry to Vallejo
1:15 PM Lunch at Mare Island Brewery Taproom
Mid-Afternoon Return from Vallejo.
No Charge. Guests responsible for Ferry Ticket and Lunch purchases. For information about Ferry schedule & pricing, click here.
Please let us know if you have any questions about these events or suggestions for future PHA outings and speakers. We would love to hear what our membership is interested in. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.