Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall
Posted March 13, 2015
No matter how strong the wall, there will be forces that can defeat it.
Fort Pickens, near Pensacola, Florida: The fortress wall, near the main entrance, was blown away June 20, 1899, when a fire in Fort Pickens’ reached one of the fort’s powder magazines. The magazine contained 8,000 pounds of powder. The resulting explosion killed one soldier (struck by flying debris on the other side of the fort) and a complete section of the bastion. The force of the explosion was so great that bricks from Bastion D’s walls landed across the bay, more than 1.5 miles away.
In the photo, there should be a wall and casemates (the vaulted chambers visible on each side) where there is now a view of distant buildings.
The photo below shows what the wall–to the right of the canon–would have looked like.
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A Photo of Fort Pickens, Florida where an entire section of fortress wall was blown away by the explosion of stored gun powder.