Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fort DeSoto

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Today we visited the old fort at Fort DeSoto Park. Construction of the fort began in 1898. The fort is built into the side of a hill, and is not visible to approaching ships. Grass, trees and other plants cover the artillery area. It was meant to defend Tampa Bay during the Spanish American War. No shots were fired here other than practice shots. Houses and administration buildings were once nearby. All that remains of them are the foundations.

Storage of artillery materials was in the lower level inside the hill. One of the chambers has historical photos, maps, and drawings.

The data booth is behind the cannons.

You can walk along the top of the fort and look down on the cannons.

The things that look like little green houses are for ventilation of the storage chambers below.

A view of the fishing pier from the top of the fort.

A view of the beach from the top of the fort.

We usually come to Fort DeSoto Park to go to the beach. Winter is a good time to walk around or ride bikes. There is a snack bar and gift shop near the fort. Bike and kayak rentals are also nearby.

More photos of Fort DeSoto historic site.

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