Queens in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Totten Park
† † † Although Robert E. Lee, it is believed, prepared the fortís plans in 1857, construction did not begin until 1862. Built at the mouth of the Long Island Sound, across from its counterpart Fort Schuyler, the addition of Fort Totten created a pinch point meant to protect the eastern approach to the New York harbor. Soon after its completion, however, the fort became obsolete as a defensive structure, due to rapid advances made in artillery during the Civil War. Fort Totten then served primarily for casualty support and hospital care. From 1865 to 1901 the fort housed the Engineer School of Application. In the 20th century, the fort housed the Eastern Artillery District Headquarters (ca. 1901), the Electric Mines and Army School of Submarine Defense (1921), a prototype anti-aircraft installation (1922), and the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Headquarters (1941-1944). During the Cold War, Fort Totten was 1st Region ARADCOM for the Nike Missile Defense System (1954), and since 1969 has been home to the 77th RRC of the U.S. Army Reserves.
† † † On May 30, 2005, Parks & Recreation officially opened Fort Totten Park as a public facility for the people of New York City.
Erected by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Location. 40° 47.745′ N, 73° 46.575′ W. Marker is in Queens, New York, in Queens County. Marker is at the intersection of Shore Road and Ordinance Road, on the right when traveling north on Shore Road. Click for map. Marker is located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Main Magazine of Fort Totten (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Totten Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flushing Civil War Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Friends Meeting House (approx. 3.6 miles away); St . Peter's Church Westchester (approx. 4.6 miles away); William A. Shea Municipal Stadium (approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Unisphere (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Queens.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of Fort Totten Park. The location of the marker is indicated on the map, along with locations and photos of sights including: 1. Entrance to Fort Totten; 2. Gravestone of Charles Willets; 3. Interior View of Historic Battery; 4. Exterior View of Historic Battery; 5. Waterfront Esplanade along Shore Road; 6. Gazebo; 7. Swimming Pool; 8. Commanding Officers House – Building 622; 9. Chapel; 10. Building 208 “The Castle” Bayside Historical Society; 11. Building 203 Parks Headquarters.
A list of park rules and regulations appears at the upper left of the marker.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, Cold • War, US Civil •
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