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Old And Abandoned US Forts (60 Pics)

Fort Jefferson, Florida Keys

Built in 1826 to protect Florida and the Caribbean from pirates, it is actually unfinished. It was the 3rd largest fort (not base but an actual fortified walled fort) ever built in the US. It remained in military use until 1888, and soon after was abandoned.

Fun Fact
It is the largest brick masonry structure in the Americas.

Fort Carroll in the Chesapeake Bay

A costal fort designed to protect Baltimore, it was originally designed by Robert E. Lee. It had a lighthouse and many batteries, but never saw any action. It became fully abandoned in 1921.

Fun Fact
It was reoccupied for the Spanish-American War in 1898 despite all the batteries being obsolete. Thus they rebuilt them, and yet again, never were used at the fort.

Fort Hancock, New Jersey
In use as early as 1857, it became a key coastal artillery base in 1896. This base was shut down and reopened twice, before finally being closed in 1974.

Fun Fact
The Sandy Hook Light inside the fort grounds, was built in 1764 and is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States.

Fort Stevens, Oregon

Built in 1863 during the Civil War, it was in use until 1947. It was built to protect from any incoming vessels to the mouth of the Columbia River.

Fun Fact
It has the distinction of being the only US military installation on the mainland to be fired upon during WWII when a Japanese submarine fired 17 shells from her deck gun in 1942.

Fort Totten NYC, New York

Originally built in 1861, it was designed to protect the approaches to NYC during the Civil War. Its original design was done by none other than Robert E. Lee. It was a federal fort until 1974, when the Army Reserve took over.

Fun Fact
Parts of the fort are still in use, but all the old buildings have long since been abandoned.

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas

Built in 1941, it was closed as a federal base in 1995. The Arkansas National Guard took over the facility, and abandoned some of the complex to rebuild other parts. It is still active, despite having numerous fully abandoned sections.

Fun Fact
The US Army paid $1.35 Million to 712 families for the land the base was built on.

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

Designed to protect frontiersman as they expanded into Oklahoma, it was built in 1824. At the time it was built, it was the furthest military fort out West. It was officially abandoned in 1888.

Fun Fact
The commanders here did a terrific job keeping the peace as no known massacres or battles took place near the fort for over 50 years.

Fort Bowie, Arizona

Established as a major center to fend off Apache raids in 1862. Soon after the raids ended, the fort was officially abandoned in 1894.

Fun Fact
It became a key center point in the search and ultimate surrender of Geronimo in 1886.

Fort Ord, California

In use by the military during WWI, it officially became a fort in 1940. Expanded and designed to defend California from a possible Japanese invasion in 1940, it later became a staging area for troops heading to the Korean War and Vietnam. As with many forts after the Cold War ended, it was closed in 1994.

Fun Fact
It was one of the most desired post in the US as it was right on a California beach.

Fort Tilden, New York

Officially converted into a full time fort in 1917 and was in use up until 1995, shortly after the Cold War ended. Designed to protect NYC from any threat, it had active use in WWI, WWII, and the Cold War.

Fun Fact
This key fort had fortifications as far back as the War of 1812

Fort McDowell, Angel Island, California

Originally fortified during the Civil War to prevent Confederate raids, the island was completely built into a military fort around 1890, and it would operate as such for the next 54 years.

Fun Fact
It was a center for returning troops from the Spanish-American War and WWI.

Fort McGilvray, Seward, Alaska

Built to protect the strategic bay in Alaska from a Japanese invasion. The armaments were moved when the war turned in 1944 and the fort was abandoned.

Fun Fact
Most of the constructions were never completed.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting tour, and some imaginative photography. Thank you for your work.