Battery Osgood-Farley is probably the best preserved example of a United States coastal defense gun emplacement, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. These big concrete gun embankments offer great views and have also appeared in a lot of movies and television shows. This one that I’m standing on was in Pearl Harbor as a Japanese fort where they filled the hole with water and had ships in it. Here’s a link to Phill’s page where he has the pictures of Pearl Harbor.
Another cool thing about the Batteries are the 5000 feet of underground tunnels throughout the area. I think I heard someone say they open the tunnels once a year for a tour. I’m gonna have to keep an eye out on the website for that one.
The bunkers of Battery Osgood and Farley serve as the main house of the Ft. Mac Museum. The exhibits inside these halls tell the history of Ft. Mac and it’s protection of San Pedro, the Port and the Pacific border of the United States.
I’d like to thank James and all the other volunteers of the San Pedro Postal Museum for preserving this part of San Pedro history for all of us. I’m sure they never thought ‘historian’ would be a part of their job description when they came to work at the Beacon Street post office. I really appreciate the time and effort they put into the place. I know Brian told me he’s personally tracked down old employees and Postmasters who have given donations, some he caught just before they were moving far away and he’s even purchased some San Pedro post marked stuff on ebay to supplement the collection. So I’d like to give special thanks to Brian for being my tour guide and the extra special care he gives to the place.
If you’d like to see the museum for yourself, you can go to the window and ask for Brian, he really loves to show off the place when he has a moment.
The second room is set up to give us an idea of what the Postmaster’s office might have looked like in the 1930’s. All of this furniture was found in the post office building somewhere, the original receipt for the lawyer bookcase was also found in the paperwork and a copy is attached to it.
The stretcher standing up in the corner is actually one of two that were found, the other was donated to the Fort Mac Museum. They’re from WWI and the old employees were able to tell Brian where they used to sit upstairs.
A writing desk equipped with old typewriters, microphone and vintage copies of Postal Manuals.
Across the room from the mannequins is a line of photos. They are group photos, dating back to the 30’s, of Beacon Street Post Office employees. If you really looked at all of these photos, you could see a lot of people who worked there for decades and how they aged over the years. Brian told me that a lot of these former employees came back and were able to give them names of a lot of the people in the pictures. Some of them even donated things to the museum, like old uniforms, bags and other memorabilia.