Fort Gibson: Uncovering the Past

Fort Gibson: Uncovering the Past (HMX9K)

Location: Jersey City, NY 07305 Hudson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 41.941', W 74° 2.328'

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If you were standing here in 1812, you would be looking at the exterior wall of Fort Gibson, which was five and a half feet thick and sixteen feet high. What you see now are the remains of that wall's lower half. These remains, which continue seven feet into the ground, have been buried by the massive amounts of landfill that were used to expand Ellis Island.

The outer fort wall was supported by stone buttresses backed by mounded earth and a second wall. You can still see the remains of the buttresses of the second wall behind the first. Within the walls were barracks for soldiers and officers, a hot-shot furnace (used to heat iron shot, which could be fired from a cannon to set fire to targets), and storage buildings, including a powder magazine. The portion of the walls that has been uncovered represents approximately twenty-five percent of the entire Fort Gibson battery.
HM NumberHMX9K
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 3:33am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 581205 N 4505790
Decimal Degrees40.69901667, -74.03880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 41.941', W 74° 2.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 41' 56.46" N, 74° 2' 19.68" W
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Area Code(s)201
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Liberty Island - Ellis Island, Jersey City NY 07305, US
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