Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Fort Vigilance
(Fort Gunnybags)
The sandbagged warehouse converted in 1856 to the use of the San Francisco Vigilantes as its armory and drill hall, Fort Vigilance, popularly nicknamed Fort Gunnybags, also served as the dictatorial group's headquarters The vigilantes were ostensibly organized to establish law and order within the city, but they disbanded when it was determined that they were much worse than the supposed offenders. The site of the pseudo fort in San Francisco is on Sacramento Street, bounded by Front, Davis and California Streets.
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Updated 8 February 2016