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Fort Pickens

Union Fort in Confederate Territory; Geronimo Imprisoned

Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563
United States
(850) 934-2600

On This Very Spot in 1834, Fort Pickens was completed, the largest of four forts defending Pensacola Bay and its navy yard.

On This Very Spot, during the Civil War, the fort never fell into Confederate hands despite several efforts on the part of the South. Though fort Pickens was never assaulted, it did exchange artillery fire with Confederate Fort Barrancas on the other side of the harbor.

On This Very Spot Geronimo was imprisoned for 18 months.

On This Very Spot the fort remained in continuous use until the end of World War II, by which time missiles and jet aircraft had rendered such forts obsolete.

On This Very Spot in 1976, the National Park Service (USA) opened the fort to the public following extensive repairs.

Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas are part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

See other Forts, National Park Service (USA) spots, Civil War Museums and Military Museums.

Submitted By:  David Allison

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This spot is part of a National Seashore administered by the National Park Service (USA). For complete visitor's information, including hours of operation, admission fees, and map & directions, visit the official website at

Condition: Cannon slots are still in the walls of this brick and stone fort, and ten concrete gun turrets, built between 1890 and 1940, are still intact.

Nearest Major Airport: Mobile, Alabama

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