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Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

 
 
Castillo De San Marcos Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. O. Taylor, circa December 1964
1. Castillo De San Marcos Marker
Daughters observe Hours and 25¢ Rate of admission (Children under 12 free).
Inscription. This Spanish fort, begun in 1672, stood firm against English attacks and helped Spain to hold Florida for many years. During the American Revolution it was a British stronghold. Later it became a U.S. Military Prison.
 
Erected by US Dept. of Interior National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 29° 53.844′ N, 81° 18.689′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker can be reached from South Castillo Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 South Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Firing Steps ( within shouting distance of this marker); Covered Way ( within shouting distance of this marker); Ramp ( within shouting distance of this marker); St. Peter's Bastion ( within shouting distance of this marker); Well ( within shouting distance of this marker); St. Augustine's Bastion ( within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza-Courtyard ( within shouting distance of this marker); Sentry Box ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
More about this marker.
Castillo De San Marcos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1992
2. Castillo De San Marcos
It is likely the marker shown in the first picture has since been replaced by a more modern version.
 
Regarding Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The Castillo de San Marcos, a Spanish built fort located in the city of St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest complete masonry fortification remaining in continental U. S. Construction was started in 1672. Its 16 foot thick walls are built of coquina, a natural shellrock quarried on nearby Anastasia Island. The Castillo withstood major English attacks in 1702 and 1740.

It was known as Fort St. Mark from 1763 until 1784 while under British control. Under U.S. control it was named Fort Marion from 1821 until 1942. The Castillo was made a National Monument in 1924 and became part of the National Park system in 1933. In 1942, Congress restored the original name.
 
Also see . . .  Castillo de San Marcos NM , National Park Service. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history. (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
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To update the visiting fees:
Fees & Reservations
Every Kid in a Park
During the 2015-2016
Castillo De San Marcos ,interior image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1992
3. Castillo De San Marcos ,interior
school year, fourth graders and their families will be able to gain free admission, good for a year, to fee-collecting parks, public lands, and waters. A website and app will provide fun games and learning activities for kids to do at home, in school, and in parks.
While the official website and app are in development, please visit the National Park Foundation for more information about the Every Kid in a Park initiative.

Entrance Fee

The Castillo de San Marcos is considered to be a "walk-in" park. The entrance fee applies to each individual.

Adults (Age 16 and above) entrance is $10.00 - valid for 7 consecutive days.
Children (age 15 and under) are admitted free of charge but must be accompanied by an adult.

The Golden Access and Age Passports; the Castillo Annual Pass; and the Interagency Access, Annual, Military, and Senior Passes are honored for free admission in accordance with the terms specified on the card.
    — Submitted January 5, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.

 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesLandmarksWar, US Revolutionary
 
Castillo De San Marcos stairs to the parapet image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1992
4. Castillo De San Marcos stairs to the parapet
Castillo De San Marcos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1992
5. Castillo De San Marcos
Castillo De San Marcos mortars image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1992
6. Castillo De San Marcos mortars
Castillo De San Marcos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1992
7. Castillo De San Marcos
Castillo De San Marcos cannon image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1992
8. Castillo De San Marcos cannon
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, January 5, 2017
9. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Marker
Fort has been designated a National Civic Engineering Landmark as of 1975
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,757 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 21, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   9. submitted on January 5, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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