No. 2 (Centre) Blockhouse

No. 2 (Centre) Blockhouse (HM1KVZ)

Location: Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9 Toronto Division
Country: Canada
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N 43° 38.348', W 79° 24.172'

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The first structures built at Fort York during the War of 1812 where blockhouses to house the soldiers. Thick, square-timbered walls (covered with 'weather boards') offered protection from bullets, exploding shells and small-calibre artillery. Loopholes and windows allowed defenders to fire back at attackers. When the fort's earthworks were completed in 1814, soldiers could retreat into the blockhouses if the exterior walls were overrun. During the Rebellion of 1837, this building gained a ditch, a musket proof parapet and bulletproof window blinds.
As well as barracks, the blockhouses served as storage facilities, emergency housing for immigrants in the 1820s, hospitals during the cholera epidemic in the 1830s and drill sheds for the militia after 1867.
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Date Added Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 628823 N 4833032
Decimal Degrees43.63913333, -79.40286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 38.348', W 79° 24.172'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 38' 20.88" N, 79° 24' 10.32" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Garrison Rd, Toronto Ontario M5V 3K9, CA
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