Friday, January 11, 2013

Fort Pickens National Park, Gulf Breeze, FL

We are camping at Fort Pickens National Park in Gulf Breeze, just south of Pensacola, Florida.  We are awed by the long, pure white, sandy beaches and the light green tinted clear water.  It is a really beautiful beach.  We visited Fort Pickens while we are here, this fort built in 1834 was built to protect the Pensacola Harbor.  It is a huge fort with 4 foot thick brick walls, built with slave labor.  This fort was built between 1825 and 1834, finished 31 years before Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.  One part of the fort's walls and a munitions storeroom were blow out by a fire that ignited an explosion in 1898. The U.S. stopped using the fort in 1937, when it became a Florida State park, and now is back in the control of the U.S. as part of the Gulf Island National Seashore.
Our campsite at Fort Pickens National Park
The moat around Fort Pickens
The windows where 10 foot above the ground before the area was filled in
Each one of those arches had a cannon pointed toward the sea
One of the smaller cannons used

This is a rear view of one of the batteries down the road from the fort
The entrance to one of the shore batteries
The long, white sandy beaches
Debbie is enjoying the beach
We drove over to Pensacola Beach
No, we didn't take a ride
Debbie preparing to shop on the boardwalk


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