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Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Beefing Up Defenses

 

—Fort Pickens —

 
Beefing Up Defenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
1. Beefing Up Defenses Marker
Inscription. On the brink of war with Spain after the USS "Maine" battleship was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, in February 1898, the U.S. Army installed a minefield in the Pensacola Harbor entrance. Leaving a 1000-foot opening, the Corps of Engineers placed two booms—across the channel from Santa Rosa Island and Period Key. Buoyant and underwater mines were laid behind the booms. A searchlight swept the minefield. The system remained in force until a major hurricane damaged facilities in 1926, and the U.S. Navy took over Pensacola's underwater defenses.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 30° 19.704′ N, 87° 17.432′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pickens Road 9.8 miles from Pensacola Beach Boulevard (State Road 399). Touch for map. 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. Dueling with Confederates (here, next to this marker); Swatting Mosquitoes (here, next to this marker); Step Back in History (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadly Explosion
Beefing Up Defenses Marker area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
2. Beefing Up Defenses Marker area
(within shouting distance of this marker); Converting a Cannon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort within a Fort (about 400 feet away); Apache Prisoners (about 700 feet away); Colonial Power Struggle (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Mine Planter ships (Wikipedia article). (Submitted on January 3, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, Spanish-AmericanWaterways & Vessels
 
Fort Pickens entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
3. Fort Pickens entrance sign
Army Mine Planter General John M. Schofield image. Click for full size.
By US Naval Institute, June 4, 1910
4. Army Mine Planter General John M. Schofield
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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