Did you wonder how the bunker at Cabrillo came to be? Well with the help from Ken Glaze, a new document has been added to the ebinder about the history of the bunker at CNM.
Ever wonder about Cabrillo National Monument’s bunker? The one located between the main parking lot and the lighthouse?
What is commonly called the “bunker” at CNM is more accurately named the “Battery Command and Base End Station, Battery Ashburn” and is one of 21 military structures within the monument’s boundaries.
The Point Loma peninsula forms a natural protective barrier at the entrance to San Diego Bay, rising 422 feet to provide strategic views of the harbor and ocean. In 1852, the government of the United States designated the area as a military reserve.
In 1899, the War Department dedicated Fort Rosecrans and began building a series of gun batteries. Between 1918 and 1943, the Army constructed searchlight bunkers, base end stations and gun batteries on the site. During World War I and World War II, military facilities in Point Loma provided vital coastal and harbor defense systems.