Virtual Guidebook to Marin and the North Bay Counties
Angel Island - Two
Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay California


Fort McDowell, the East Garrison on Angel island, began as a detention center for troops returning from the Spanish American War, then greatly expanded as a recruit processing and training depot, with the impressive 600-man barracks, hospital, and officers' row. Its heyday was during World War II when more than 300,000 troops passed through on their way to the Pacific Theater. The facilities were closed soon after the war ended and now stand derelict or have been rehabilitated as residences for park employees.

The south side of the island has coastal defense batteries and a dismantled Nike missile base. The West Garrison is at Fort Reynolds, built during the Civil War and now partly restored, and includes a few backpack-type campsites.



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In the abandoned hospital building at Fort McDowell

(August 15, 2005)


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Quarry Point landing stage, east side of Angel Island

(August 15, 2005)


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The playing field at Fort McDowell, between the barracks and the officers housing

(August 15, 2005)


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Quarry Beach on Angel Island

(August 15, 2005)


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Between Point Blunt and Point Drew, south coast of Angel Island

(August 15, 2005)


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Near Battery Drew, on the road around Angel Island

(August 15, 2005)


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Road gravel quarry and serpentinite outcrop, south side of Angel Island

(August 15, 2005)


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Camp Reynolds, Angel Island

(August 15, 2005)


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Great views from above Battery Ledyard

(August 15, 2005)


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