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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Garden Key Lighthouse at Fort Jefferson

Garden Key Lighthouse at Fort Jefferson

The iron Garden Key Lighthouse building stands atop the massive fortification. The top of the fort affords a fine view of the moat, adjacent Bush Key and Long Key, and Fort Jefferson itself.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park , Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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View from atop Fort jefferson

View from atop Fort jefferson

Two rare examples of nineteenth century ordnance have survived at Fort Jefferson. This is a 10-inch rifled Parrott gun, one of four at the fort out of thirteen in existence. Six of the total 25 remaining 15-inch Rodman guns are here also.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park , Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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Massive Fort Jefferson and its moat occupy almost all of Garden Key

Massive Fort Jefferson and its moat occupy almost all of Garden Key

The pathway atop the three-story brick fortress affords a great view of the moat below and snorkelers outside it. This unfenced path struck me as dangerously close to the overhanging edge and 45 foot drop.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park , Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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Rodman gun at Fort Jefferson

Rodman gun at Fort Jefferson

The massive cannon seen here is a 15-inch smoothbore Rodman gun that weighs 25 tons. It shot a 432 pound ball or shell three miles. Though sold for scrap in 1900, the Rodman and Parrott guns were too heavy to transport and were left behind. In 2010 national park staff and volunteers raised the guns onto stands and in one case onto a replica gun carriage.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park , Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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Granite spiral staircases

Granite spiral staircases

Spiral staircases made of granite slabs connect the three levels of the fort. Foundations of the enlisted mens' barracks are seen below, along with the massive brick vault of the main magazine.

Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park , Florida

Date photographed: March 21, 2015
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