Old Missile Sites of San Francisco – The Presidio and Mount Sutro

Here’s what’s just north of the old Public Health Service Hospital in the Presidio – San Francisco’s very own  SF-89 Nike missile launch complex. Of course the bay area has other similar sites, such as Marin County’s preserved SF-88 location captured in photographs from Telstar Logistics here (it’s a “must-see“), but San Francisco’s old missile bases are not as well-known.

Look below to see a missile magazine at SF-89L Presidio (the “L” stands for “launch”). The bay doors used to open downwards to reveal an elevator shaft. The complementary Site SF-89C Mount Sutro (the “C” stands for “control”) can be seen near Sutro Tower on the right, two and a half miles to the south. Click to expand:

And here’s all that’s left of the the Mount Sutro site near UCSF:

Now don’t go exploring around, the way you used to at the PHSH before restoration got started.

C – Mount Sutro (Twin Peaks) ((P) TV tower)
Jef Poskanzer’s detailed web page

L – Battery Caulfield Rd. ((P) Golden Gate NRA (National Recreation Area))
the pads abandoned and used for open air storage. The adjacent buildings are used by an EOD unit. An Ajax site featured in Nike promotional photos, it closed in 1963 (07 May 89). ]
You can almost make out the words “Nike Facility” next to the big red area in the upper right.

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One Response to “Old Missile Sites of San Francisco – The Presidio and Mount Sutro”

  1. c-bob says:

    Yes. Thanks for posting these. The entire string of “historic forts,” from Lands End to the bridge way up into Marin, is quite the sight.