Fort Taylor Historical

Fort Taylor Historical (HM1WVP)

Location: Key West, FL 33040 Monroe County
Country: United States of America

N 24° 32.858', W 81° 48.513'

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Fort Taylor was constructed in 1845 as part of the Third Tier System of Defense which called for the establishment of masonry fortresses constructed along America's coastline to prevent sea attacks upon the United States. This fort was an important defensive structure for the United States because of its command over the waters over the Straits of Florida and of the Gulf of Mexico. When completed, the fort was three stories tall, held 140 cannon and was home to almost 450 soldiers. Fort Taylor remained under federal control during the Civil War and was the headquarters of the U.S. Navy East Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron. The current form of the fort is largely the result of alterations made in 1898, including the removal of the upper two tiers, filling case-mates with sand and obsolete ordinance, and construction of modern rifled artillery emplacements Battery Adair and Battery Osceola. Fort Taylor continued to defend the United States during the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. The Fort's service to the nation ended in 1947. Fort Taylor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Historic National Landmark.
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Year Placed2008
Placed ByFlorida Park Service and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees24.54763333, -81.80855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 24° 32.858', W 81° 48.513'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds24° 32' 51.48" N, 81° 48' 30.78" W
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Area Code(s)305
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Angela St, Key West FL 33040, US
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