The concrete fire-control bunker is buried in the rock of the western edge of Point Loma, with narrow slits for observation ports looking out over the ocean. The bunker has three levels, the lower rooms reached by a ladder through a hole in the floor of the upper level.
I got a laugh out of listening to a fairly young guy try to explain the funny-looking "computer thing" to his young child. The child recognized the "keyboard", but just could not understand the rest of it.
Meanwhile, up on the bluffs the machine guns, some under camouflage netting, stood ready to defend Point Loma and San Diego Bay from an air attack.
All of a sudden we heard the distinctive sound of a piston-engine aircraft, followed by the wail of the hand-cranked air raid siren.
Everyone looked to the sky to see what it was.
The Military History Exhibit at Cabrillo National Monument is open most days. In it you can find a good explanation of how the coastal defense batteries operated. The recently restored fire-control bunker is apparently going to be open to the public on the fourth Saturday of each month going forward. I've been visiting Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument since I came to San Diego in late 1980, and I've always wanted to see what was in those bunkers. The volunteers have done an amazing job of restoring it, and it is certainly worth visiting. I also think its great that the National Park Service recognized the importance of allowing the restoration to be done and allowing access to the public.
Click here to see more pictures from today's re-enactment of Fort Rosecrans in 1941, at Cabrillo National Monument.