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The Southernmost Point in the Union

August 16, 2015

If you look at a map, you can’t get a town any more south in the continental United States than Key West.  Yet during the Civil War, while the rest of Florida went to the South, Key West remained a Union city. This was in large part due to the Union holding on to Fort Taylor, located on the northwest corner of the island. For the whole of the Civil War, Fort Taylor and Key West stayed in the Union (although the townspeople weren’t necessarily friendly to the Union). Named after the 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, construction began in 1845 and it remained in active duty until 1947.

Today, Fort Taylor is a Florida State Park.  Originally build offshore and surrounded by water, it was landlocked by the government in the mid-60’s (Key West has grown in physical size around 50% due to dredging and depositing).  The moat shown in the photos below was added when it became a state park, to give the illusion of how it originally looked and to keep folks away from the walls.

The park offers other amenities in addition to the fort, including a nice beach.  For those who have visited or heard about Mallory Square as the exciting and active place to view the amazing sunsets of Key West, the park offers a wonderful, peaceful alternative. [I have to admit to being disappointed overall with the sunsets. The heat and humidity in July made for hazy evenings.]

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The interior of the fort Nikon D90, 18-200 Lens Edited in LR and Perfect Suite

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Nikon D90, 18-200 Lens Edited in LR and Perfect Suite

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Nikon D90, 18-200 Lens Three-shot HDR created and edited in LR

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Nikon D90, 18-200 Lens Edited in LR and Topaz Restyle

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A sunset at Fort Taylor. Nikon D90, 18-200 Lens Edited in LR and Perfect Suite

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5 Comments
  1. Sounds like an interesting place to visit, I like the view through the arches, really shows off the scale of the building.

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    • I have to admit that the story behind it is a bit more interesting than the fort itself. There really isn’t a lot to see – much of it is roped off and there aren’t many exhibits.

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  2. This place is now on my list to visit!

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  3. The food in Key West is wonderful! I would go back for that alone!

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  4. We enjoyed the photo visit to the southern most point of the union.

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