Fort Zachary Taylor - Key West, FL
Construction on Fort Zachary Taylor began the year Florida became a
state, 1845. It was named after the president when he died in 1850.
Yellow fever, hurricanes and lack of materials slowed construction but
by the time of the Civil War it was complete enough to house canons with
a range of three miles, and the fort remained in Union hands throughout
the Civil War.
Once completed the fort boasted such modern items as sanitary facilities
flushed by the tide and a desalination plant to produce drinking water.
Multiple changes took place over the years to keep the fort as modern as
the times demanded, but alas deterioration was inevitable, and the state
of Florida is now undergoing a large restoration to the fort. The
fort is in the midst of the Naval Station at Key West and you walk down
a path with barbed wire fences and gun toting guards on duty at entrances.