Sometimes a place has more depth than it has depth…70 miles west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of the magnificent Fort Jefferson. Fort Jefferson the largest all masonry fort in the United States was built between 1846 – 1875. The fort was constructed with 16 million bricks.
The fort was also used as a prison for criminals and deserters during and after the civil war. The most famous of these prisoners was Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned for his involvement in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. After its use as a prison, Fort Jefferson became a quarantine station for the Marine-Hospital service from 1888-1900. Fort Jefferson received its national park status in 1992.
This place has more depth than meets the eye…If Fort Jefferson is on your “to do” list, spend the money and take the seaplane the views are spectacular!