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Key West in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Fort Taylor

 
 
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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 Americaís 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 Fortís service to the nation ended in 1947. Fort Taylor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Historic National Landmark.
 
Erected 2008 by Florida Park Service and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-647.)
 
Location.
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By Jay Kravetz, September 25, 2016
2. Fort Taylor Marker
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). Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Zachery Taylor Historic State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Howard England Way, Key West FL 33040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church (approx. half a mile away); The Little White House (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Little White House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Naval Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); The History of the Southernmost Point (approx. 0.7 miles away); Southernmost Point (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Oldest Schoolhouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles 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.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
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By Jay Kravetz, September 25, 2016
3. Fort Taylor
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By Jay Kravetz, March 20, 2011
4. Fort Taylor
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By Jay Kravetz, September 25, 2016
5. Fort Taylor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 460 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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