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New tour at Angel Island

Little known to most Bay Area visitors is the fact that six wars were fought from the middle of San Francisco Bay without a shot being fired in anger.

Visitors to Angel Island State Park -- best known for its 1910-1940 role as a detention center for Chinese immigrants -- can learn all about wartime on the island during a new Military History Tour that will be introduced next Sunday.

The one-hour, 45-minute tours, narrated by docents trained in military history, include transportation by tram, a general overview of the island and stops at military posts, forts and other historic structures. Tours are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Sundays through May 26, and on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Tickets, $13.75 per person, can be purchased on the island at the Cove Cafe. Weekday tours are available for groups of 15 or more. For more information: or (415) 897-0715, Ext. 5. The island is reached by ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon, Oakland, Alameda and Vallejo.