December 26, 2009 - "Fort Jefferson Lighthouse"
This current metal light tower was installed atop Bastion C of Fort Jefferson in 1876. The partial view in the background of the parade grounds helps give some scale to the magnitude of the fort.
"The lighthouse, also known as the Garden Key Lighthouse, is featured on a new USA $0.44 stamp this year.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"On January 4, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who visited the area by ship, designated the area as Fort Jefferson National Monument. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1970. On October 26, 1992 the Dry Tortugas, including Fort Jefferson, was established as a National Park. The islands still do not exhibit any standing fresh water or even seasonal streams, hence the "dry" name. Owing to the potential difficulties of survival in such conditions, one of these islands was used as the location for filming a military survival film used to train aircraft personnel. The shipwrecks located in the waters surrounding Fort Jefferson were extensively mapped and researched in the early 1990s through several projects spearheaded by the NPS Submerged Resources Center. The mapping and survey work conducted culminated in the SRC's publication of Dry Tortugas National Park Site Assesment which outlines many of the sites which can be observed within the park's boundaries."
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