Category Archives: Forts

Fort Garland

Fort Garland, in south central Colorado was an active military post for 25 years, from 1858 to 1883. It was built to protect settlers from Indians. Nothing much happened there. The highlights, such as they are: In March, 1862, Colorado … Continue reading

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Nothing particularly amazing ever happened at Fort Vancouver, but the site has had a long and varied history. I started my tour at the Pearson Air Museum, an old hangar for what used to be an Army air base — … Continue reading

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Fort Recovery

In 1791, a confederacy of Indian tribes, encouraged and supported by the British, attacked settlements in the Northwest Territories. Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair led a poorly-trained and poorly-equipped army of militia from Fort Washington (now Cincinnati) into the region … Continue reading

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Fort Miamis

Fort Miamis was built by the British in 1794 to block General Wayne’s route to Fort Detroit. When Wayne campaigned against the Indians, the British offered no help as Wayne defeated the Indians at nearby Fallen Timbers. The fort was … Continue reading

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Fort Meigs

In early 1813, American troops and militiamen under General William Henry Harrison built Fort Meigs on the Maumee River to protect Ohio from attacks by the British and Indians. The enemy attacked on May 1, besieging the fort and bombarding … Continue reading

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Fort Negley Park

On a cold Tuesday morning, Nate and I got up early and visited Fort Negley, located on a hill south of downtown Nashville. We were much too early to get into the visitor center. The fort was built by the … Continue reading

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Fort Snelling

After we packed up the booth, Brannon and Ian took off for home. I did a bit of sightseeing. My first stop was Historic Fort Snelling. Fort Snelling was closed. The Internet said it was open, but it was closed. … Continue reading

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Fort Smith

Nate, Karen, Sally and I toured Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith, Arkansas on a quiet Monday morning. The second fort’s main role in history was as a supply depot for forts further west. The barracks building later … Continue reading

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Castillo de San Marcos

On the Saturday after CPC, I drove north to Green Cove Springs for my niece’s wedding. My flight home from Orlando was scheduled at 6:50, which gave me approximately two-and-a-half hours to be a tourist. I drove into St. Augustine … Continue reading

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Day Six – Fort Mandan

Fort Mandan, on the Missouri River in central North Dakota, represents the fort Lewis and Clark and their men built for the first winter of their journey. It’s located about 10 miles from the original fort site, and its appearance … Continue reading

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