Fort Pickens

This morning we visited Fort Pickens.  It just recently re-opened to the public after suffering quite a bit of damage during the last few hurricanes.  Water and electricity have still not been re-established.  So if you go camping, it’s very BASIC.

Fort Pickens is one of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay.  It was completed in 1834 and used until 1947.   It was also “home” to Apache prisoners in 1887 including Geronimo.

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4 thoughts on “Fort Pickens

  1. First that gun is huge! Taller than my hubby who is about 5’11”. It goes side to side in an arc and it’s on top of the fort. Covers a wide target area. Can hit land and sea targets. I’ve recently learned that those guns were not Civil War era, but Spanish American War era.

  2. This is great. I’m so glad you put these photos up and share your adventures with us. It’s like a little vacation for me. It’s amazing that everything didn’t roll away with the hurricane. Poor Geronimo. There’s a prison cell at the army base in Lawton Oklahoma which they say held Geronimo, too. It has a rut worn in the stone where he allegedly paced in front of the bars. I don’t know if it’s true, but that’s the story on the plaque. Could you see his cell at Ft. Pickens? Poor warrior had to trek across the country just to be in captivity.

  3. Actually, I think he was able to roam unhindered throughout the fort. He even made and sold stuff to visitors. Personally, I don’t see how he could stand the heat. It’s so different here than out West. Much more humidity and the fort is at the end of the island. Just a bunch of sand, water and very few trees.

    It’s a great place to visit, but you do have to be on the lookout for snakes, esp. rattle snakes. That’s one of the reasons we didn’t venture into any of the really dark passageways.

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