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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Port Chicago Hwy., Concord, CA
+1 925-838-0249
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Huge amount of history in your own backyard.

I had such an amazing time touring this site. The required background check took about a week to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Aaron P
Concord, California
NEED to Book in advance

This is a place I knew NOTHING about but my son wanted to go. It turned out to be very interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
Monroe, New York
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“Huge amount of history in your own backyard.”
23 Apr 2017
“Sad Site, Great Ranger”
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Port Chicago Hwy., Concord, CA
+1 925-838-0249
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Reviewed yesterday

I had such an amazing time touring this site. The required background check took about a week to clear, but after that everything was a breeze. Take your camera, so much to see. The van ride from Martinez was a little awkward because we were...More

Thank Aaron P
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This is a place I knew NOTHING about but my son wanted to go. It turned out to be very interesting. The ranger we had was NOT as good as many I have come across in the park service, but he answered most questions

Thank ct782
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Port Chicago is another example of a quality NPS site made special by a caring, passionate ranger. Ranger Stephanie provided context for what could have been a simple stop, picture, leave, site. The reservation process was simple and accessing the base via John Muir NHS...More

Thank ssdirotm
Reviewed 16 April 2016

I had the opportunity to visit the Memorial last year on the day of the annual commemoration of the explosion that killed the crews of the ships being loaded and all of the dock workers present. It was a moving ceremony for military and civilians...More

Thank William D
Reviewed 25 March 2016

This memorial is a hard to reach location. It requires a ride there by the park rangers, You have to make an appointment first then arrive at the guard house to meet the ranger who will drive you to the spot. Back in 1944 2...More

Thank larbac67
Reviewed 31 August 2015

The Port Chicago ammunition disaster remains an almost hidden part of World War II history. The munitions explosion killed 300+ Naval and civilian personnel, mostly African-American. Although it is a bit cumbersome to get on a tour (I will explain later) to the Port Chicago...More

2  Thank N_skier
Reviewed 11 June 2015

Actually, the place is semi closed, but you can still see the old ammo bunkers from Highway 4. Wonder if anything still in them all closed off US Gov't property

Thank fghopkins
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Getting out here takes a bit of planning, but it's worth it. You meet a shuttle bus and Park Ranger at the gate and confirm your clearance. You then drive with the Ranger through MOTCO (Military Ocean Terminal Concord), which is an active base. The...More

Thank Ngraham
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We tried several times to visit the memorial but each time the U.S. Army cancelled the planned visit. We got smart on our fourth try and decided to schedule our visit (you must schedule weeks in advance) for the 69th Annual Commemoration. We finally made...More

2  Thank AGoingGal
Reviewed 25 March 2013

Ranger Matt did an excellent job of presenting this story of the tragedy and its (for us) unappreciated place in history. We missed out when we last visited San Francisco because we didn't realize that reservations needed to be request two weeks in advance.

1  Thank cleichhorn
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