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Fort Taylor

 
 
Fort Taylor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, September 25, 2016
1. Fort Taylor Marker
Inscription.  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 ordnance, 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 National Historic Landmark.
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Erected 2008 by Florida Park Service and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-647.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
 
Location. 24° 32.858′ N, 81° 48.513′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Southard Street, 0.6 miles west of Whitehead Street (Road 1). Marker is in Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Howard England Way, Key West FL 33040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Zachary Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Zachary Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Like the Rock of Gibraltar (within shouting distance of this marker); To Guard the Harbor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Taylor (about 400 feet away); Sally Port (about 500 feet away); Life in the Barrack (about 500 feet away); Battery Osceola (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key West.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. Florida Division of Recreation and Parks (Submitted on February 12, 2017.) 
 
Fort Taylor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, September 25, 2016
2. Fort Taylor Marker
Fort Taylor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 8, 2019
3. Fort Taylor Marker
Fort Taylor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, September 25, 2016
4. Fort Taylor
Fort Taylor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, March 20, 2011
5. Fort Taylor
Fort Taylor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Kravetz, September 25, 2016
6. Fort Taylor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2024. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 783 times since then and 68 times this year. Last updated on March 10, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida.   3. submitted on June 17, 2024, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4, 5, 6. submitted on February 10, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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