Fort San Jacinto

Fort San Jacinto (HM1HNF)

Location: Galveston, TX 77550 Galveston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 20.106', W 94° 45.155'

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The northeastern tip of Galveston Island has seen defense fortifications since the early 1800's. Crude Spanish and French forts (1816-1818) gave way to small sand forts and batteries constructed by the Republic of Texas from 1836 to 1844. In 1863 the Confederate Army built sandbag breastworks and an earthen battery named Fort Point. All traces of these early fortifications were destroyed by the strong winds and tides which regularly reshaped the sandy tip of the island. A more substantial fortification call Fort San Jacinto was built here by the U.S. Army in 1897. After the fort was destroyed in the 1900 storm, the Galveston seawall was extended northward in 1921 to protect the area. The fort was rebuilt and new gun emplacements were added for the defense of Galveston during World War II. The round, concrete base of one of these 90-mm gun emplacements remains here today. For San Jacinto was decommissioned in 1959.
Placed ByUS Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District
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Date Added Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 329838 N 3246388
Decimal Degrees29.33510000, -94.75258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 20.106', W 94° 45.155'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 20' 6.36" N, 94° 45' 9.3" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Seawall Blvd, Galveston TX 77550, US
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