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Dry Tortugas National Park

  • Also Known As: Fort Jefferson

  • Vicinity: 68 mi W of Key West, in Gulf of Mexico
  • Type: Marine Environ
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District
  • Activity Category: On Foot
  • On Foot Type: Hike

Explore a 19th Century Fort and snorkel crystal clear water

Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1846/00/00 Capt Theodore F Jewett Owner The merchant vessel OLIVE AND ELIZA runs a ground in the Dry Tortugas, with 118,431 barrel staves.
1847/00/00 Fort Jefferson is built on Garden Key, 1846-1847.
1865/07/00 Dr Samuel Mudd, Samuel Arnold, Michael O'Laughlen and Edmund Spangler arrive at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas to serve out sentences Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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Particulars for Dry Tortugas National Park:
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Physiographic Coastal Environ
Criminal Justice Correctional Facility
Area of Significance Engineering
Owner Federal
Structure Type Fortification
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Category Marine Environ
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Military Facility
Historic Use Multiple dwelling
Level of Significance National
Locale Type Natural Environ

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 10th November 1970

Registry Name: Fort Jefferson National Monument
Registry Address: 68 mi. W of Key West, in Gulf of Mexico
Registry Number: 70000069
Resource Type: District
Owner: Federal
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 47125
Contributing Buildings: 4
Contributing Sites: 2
Contributing Structures: 9
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Monument
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military, Engineering
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1825-1849, 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1847
Historic Function: Domestic, Government, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Military facility, Fortification, Correctional facility, Multiple dwelling
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park

Activities »

On Foot Type Hike
Activity Category On Foot

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