Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas

The Parade Ground, Quarters, and Light House

Tour Group on Parade Ground
Our group was assembled on the parade ground for the final comments from our tour guide.

Lunch Under the Palms
It was about lunch time by the end of the guided tour, so the young folks put out the lunch for us. The folks from the big ferry set out their lunch near by. We rested and talked some after lunch, then I went back for a more complete tour of the fort while the others went snorkeling.

Parade Grounds from Roof
This view is from the roof near the location of the cannon. The area is about where the final tour scene above was photographed near the entrance.

Parade Grounds from Roof
This view is opposite the entrance and a little to the right. It shows the cylindrical roof that was visible below the area where the cannon is located.

Lighthouse View of the fort's lighthouse from the roof around on the right side from the entrance.
View of the lighthouse from the roof on the left side of the entrance. Lighthouse
Headquarters Building
The park rangers live in the old fort headquarters buildings and in the wall of the fort. The fort wall has been roofed in that area to keep out the water that otherwise seeps through the sand and bricks. The windows of that section of wall have been closed to make suitable living quarters.

The beach and lighthouse
The beach was white and the water looked clear and blue. The lighthouse is visible in the distance. However, our group said that all the activity in this area stirred up the sand and the water wasn't clear enough for snorkling. Many swam on around the corner of the fort where the water was deeper and clearer. Snorkle gear and swim fins came with the price of the tour.

Doctor Mudd
I met the folks at the beach and then Ann and her sister can back inside the fort for another quick look around. They were interested in seeing Dr. Mudd's cell. Dr. Samuel Mudd, who had tended to John Wilkes Booth's broken ankle, was probably the most famous prisoner to be held at the fort which had become a prison during the civil war. He was eventually called upon to help with medical duties at the prison. We were never sure just which room he was kept in. He may have had a suite of rooms, if you could call them that.

PAGE ONE - Photos of the ferry, the harbor and the big tour boats. Photos at the entrance to Fort Jefferson.
PAGE TWO - Photo of the lower gallery, photo of tour group by cannon on roof, and photos taken from the roof.
PAGE THREE - Views through the gunports showin the crumbling back wall, the small island nearby, and my wife. There is a view of the stalactites and stalagmites forming in the upper gun gallery.
PAGE FOUR - Photos of the parade ground, park headquarters, the lighthouse and the signs about Dr. Samuel Mudd.
The Coral Castle - We stopped and visited the Coral Castle on our way from the Miami airport to Key Largo. This place has a very interesting story and it is a beautifully landscaped novelty. I leave a few small photos here to pique you interest. You need to go see the place for yourself.

Other Web Pages Related to Fort Jefferson
Great Photos of Fort Jefferson - Several photos by Gene P. Gildow of the fort including a view from sea. These photos are a nice supplement to mine. Thumbnail images link to nice large photos. A map from the national park service is included. There are links to this person's Key West page.

Nature Pages Sub-Index
My Other National Park and Nature Photo Pages
Grand Canyon - These photos were taken from the south rim beginning at the east end of the canyon and along the river to near park headquarters.
Big Bend National Park - Big Bend National Park is a remote rugged area in far west Texas. The Rio Grande makes and abrupt turn toward the northeast at the 'big bend' before returning to the southeast to the Gulf. There is also a photo of Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas panhandle and a page of photos of the big sand hill in Boquillas Canyon on the east end of Big Bend Park.
Barringer Meteor Crater - These photos were taken during a hike around the rim of the crater. It includes telephoto images of the items on the crater floor.
Pike's Peak and the Royal Gorge - Photos from a drive up Pike's Peak. Photos of the bridge across Royal Gorge, the Arkansas River, the railroad in the gorge and other features.
Ouachita River Crossings - The Ouachita River begins in the mountains of western Arkansas north of Mena. It's a beautiful mountain stream at that point. It continues east to Hot Springs then swings south and crosses into Louisiana. I began at the trail foot bridge crossing the Ouachita at its headwaters and photographed all the major crossings down to Arkadelphia. I will continue to the Louisiana border one day.


Posted: 2/12/04
Re-posted to Yahoo web host: 3/6/09
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