Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Fort Pickens —
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 30° 19.666′ N, 87° 17.42′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pickens Road 9.8 miles west of Pensacola Beach Boulevard (State Road 399). Touch for map. Located right outside the south side of the Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Step Back in History (within shouting distance of this marker); Converting a Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort within a Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Swatting Mosquitoes Dueling with Confederates (within shouting distance of this marker); Beefing Up Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Apache Prisoners (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonial Power Struggle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
Regarding Deadly Explosion. From the Los Angeles Herald 21 June 1899.
Explosion at Fort Pickens
Pensacola, Fla., June 20.—The smaller magazine at Fort Pickens took fire and blew up this morning and was completely wrecked. One corner of the old fort and several buildings used as headquarters for laborers on the new fortifications were destroyed. One man was killed and four badly injured, one having his arm and leg broken. The larger magazine in which was stored a great quantity of dynamite and other explosives, and the forts were saved by brave work of Captain Nieumann and the marines from the navy yard. The loss will reach $75,000. It is said that cement barrels were being burned and the grass becoming ignited, spread to the magazine.
Categories. • Disasters • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.