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    Fort Rosecrans was created by the US military in 1852 on the southern tip of Point Loma. Two small tracts later were set aside for lighthouse purposes, one at Ballast Point and one at the tip of the reservation, and a third was reserved for the Quarantine Station, near La Playa. The highlands on the southern tip of Point Loma, allow for the best views of the San Diego city skyline.

    Before becoming an American territory, this location had previously housed first a Spanish and then later a Mexican garrison (then known as Castillo Guijarros located near today's Ballast Point) assigned to defend this strategic port. The fort even fired its guns in a small skirmish with the Yankee Brig Lelia Byrd which had been caught smuggling contraband.

    In later years several American artillerty units were positioned along seacoast of Fort Rosecrans and operational until 1945. Their abandoned cannon encasements are still visible in many places today.

    After WWII, Fort Rosecrans was turned over to the U.S. Navy which established a Submarine support base in the early 1950's at Ballast Point (Naval Base Point Loma) which is still active today.

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    Cabrillo National Monument - Point Loma
    Located on the tip of Point Loma - this major landmark offers the best scenic views of the San Diego skyline and a host of other great features. It is also a great vista to watch the big ships sail in or out of San Diego Bay. The monument includes a tall statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who is credited with the discovery of San Diego Bay on Sept 28, 1542 and the first European to ever set foot on what is now the US West Coast.

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
    This 77.5 acre hillside plot is the final resting place for 86,000 former service members of our country. Many Fort Rosecrans interments date to the early years of the California Territory, including the remains of the casualties of the battle of San Pasqual fought near San Diego at the height of the Mexican-American War.

    MCRD San Diego Command Museum
    Located at the historic San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot is one of the most extensive and comprehensive displays of Marine Corps historical items in the Nation.

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    Naval Base Point Loma
    Located at the mouth of San Diego harbor, Naval Base Point Loma comprises 316 acres on beautiful but rugged coastline, although the main facilities are located on approximately 30 acres of relatively flat land. It has served primarily as a Submarine Base since 1959. Major warships based here is the Third Fleet command ship Coronado, and the five attack submarines of Submarine Squadron 11.

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    Point Loma Nazarene University - San Diego CA
    The University, established in 1902 by the Church of the Nazarene, offers quality liberal arts and professional programs on its main campus in San Diego and select graduate and professional programs throughout the denominationís southwest educational region. Home of the PLNU Sea Lions Athletic Program. Major fields of study include theology, science, education, nursing, literature and music. Set in natural bowl seating offer a stunning look at the Pacific Ocean, with La Jolla in view to the north on a clear day.

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    Established in 2000, the California Coastal National Monument runs the entire length of the California coast (1,100 miles) between Oregon and Mexico, extends 12 nautical miles from the shoreline, and encompasses thousands of BLM administered islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide. These provide forage and breeding grounds for significant populations of coastal birds and sea mammals.


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