Battery Mendell Historical

Battery Mendell Historical (HM1XW9)

Location: Mill Valley, CA 94941 Marin County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 49.332', W 122° 31.878'

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Battery Mendell's mission was to keep enemy warships farther from San Francisco's harbor than any of the earlier coastal defences were equipped to do. Built in 1905, the battery was positioned as far west on the headlands as possible and armed with the biggest guns in America. The two 12-inch cannons could hit a vessel 8 miles out to sea.
Battery Mendell was designed for "disappearing guns" that rose up for firing and then dropped back down behind the protective parapet. That ensured greater cover for both the weapons and the troops than older batteries had provided However, new technology, such as that employed at nearby Battery Wallace (set into the hillside behind you), soon enabled high-angle fire. This nearly doubled the distance guns could shoot.
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HM NumberHM1XW9
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Placed ByNational Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Ares
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 541249 N 4186191
Decimal Degrees37.82220000, -122.53130000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 49.332', W 122° 31.878'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 49' 19.92" N, 122° 31' 52.68" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Mendell Rd, Mill Valley CA 94941, US
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