San Francisco’s Military History

sf-militaryFor those who want to learn about the military in San Francisco and partake in some wine while they are at it, some of the Bay Area’s wineries have been set up for that purpose.  What you will learn is that San Francisco has been prominent in so many more areas than just culture and technology.  Military is one of them, which was especially the case before it developed a reputation as a hippie haven and technical center. One example is the Fat Grape – a winery set on Treasure Island (an artificial island constructed by the Golden Gate International Exposition World’s Fair of 1939 in the San Francisco Bay and taken over by the Navy two years later).  It was used by the military to host strategic command and communications center headquarters.  It was in use as a military installation until 1997 and 10 years later was sold to San Francisco city.  Today it is home to around 2,000 residents.

Then there is the Riggers Loft Winery Company which is one of the newest urban wineries.  It is located at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Park in Richmond on the east side of the bay.  During war time, it was a boat-riggers loft in the former Kaiser Shipyard.  Real Rosies used the place to assemble Liberty and Victory ships during World War II.

And then there is the Vino Godfather which is where a former officer had his mansion on the base and acted as a submarine port during World War II.  Thereafter it was the place where nuclear subs were constructed and repaired.  It closed in 1996 and is 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.  Its military history dates back to 185s and was the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

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