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|A repetitive theme here?|
Geronimo, an Apache warrior and a great leader, was kept prisoner here at Fort Pickens, along with a small band of other Apache Indians.....the fort is crumbling but you can still see the beauty of the brickwork and as you walk through the uneven floors, you are walking in the steps of soldiers and prisoners....what a way to make history become real instead of just reading about it!
Remnants of the fort and its outlying batteries are scattered around the park like Battery Langdon, over by Langdon Beach. You can see the bunker batteries as you come into the park or when you go ride around. The guns on Battery Langdon are silent and gone, but the history remains. A soldier reported in their diary that when these guns were fired, the concussion would make the soldiers ears and mouths bleed...ouch! The 21 inch diameter guns could fire projectiles 17 miles out to sea. The sign by the battery says, "KEEP OUT"...What they don't tell you on the sign is there is a natural barrier to these former bunkers that would keep ANYBODY out these days and that is some kind of prickly plant. I call them "prickers", I have no idea what kind of plant leaves these sharp as needles stickers on you as you walk by, but they were extremely painful. They latch onto your clothing, your shoes and socks and go right thru all of that into the skin...eeowwwwwww!