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Z-man



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:07 am    Post subject: Coast Artillery in the News Thread Reply with quote

Hi Folks - anyone can feel free to post news articles on this thread..
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LAUSD to start razing at Fort MacArthur for new campus

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_11805608
2/27/209

Los Angeles Unified officials told residents this week they plan to begin the demolition of vintage military buildings in San Pedro next month to make way for a new high school. Plans for a 29-acre campus at the former Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur, which have generated vocal opposition in the surrounding community, were approved by the school board in December and the Coastal Commission last month.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Defense installations gave way to parks
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/14/BARH16DE8K.DTL

Saturday, March 14, 2009

In the dunes amid trees and brush next to Baker Beach in San Francisco is what looks like an old, rusted pipe sticking mysteriously out of the sandy ground. Beachgoers, picnickers and children clambering in the bluffs around the beach have ambled by the steel pole for more than six decades, unaware that it represents one of the scariest moments in San Francisco history...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fort Norfolk to be spruced up and preserved

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/03/fort-norfolk-be-spruced-and-preserved

March 15, 2009

During the War of 1812, Brig. Gen. Robert B. Taylor commanded troops from Fort Norfolk that helped defeat the British at the Battle of Craney Island. The four-acre fort stands on the banks of the Elizabeth River off of what is now Front Street, near Colley Avenue. Although it is accessible for self-guided tours, the fort only opens 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. A photo ID is required for entry. Plans to ease access are in the works, however...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Search for Underwater Battleground

http://www.wciv.com/news/stories/0309/603658.html (video @ link)

03/13/09

The remains of a famous Civil war battle lie at the bottom of the Charleston harbor. Now the search is on to bring that hidden history to the surface. On April 7th 1863, the Union Navy's ironclad warships waged an attack on Fort Sumter but that attack had little impact. The confederate forces mightily defended the Charleston harbor and sank several Union vessels. Today, the search is on to find them and to map out the Civil War battlefield that is now underwater...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last lookout tower being restored in Lower Twp.

http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/40268-last-lookout-tower-being-restored-lower-twp

2/26/2009

New Jersey’s last freestanding World War II Lookout Tower is being restored by Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) and will pay tribute to the men and women who bravely served in the armed forces...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jefferson County group takes over house museum

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090325/NEWS/303259990

3-25-2009

PORT TOWNSEND -- The Jefferson County Historical Society became the official manager of the Commanding Officer's Quarters at Fort Worden State Park in a brief but colorful ceremony Tuesday.

Vicki Davis, historical society president, signed the contract on the desk in the office of the three-story residence on the bluff, the home of the fort's commanding officer during its half century as an Army post...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cape May's war story
Newly restored tower plays up beach community's little known role during World War II

http://www.mcall.com/travel/all-capemaytower.6846718apr12,0,6320260.story

By Diane Stoneback | Of The Morning Call
April 12, 2009

Watching the brilliant yellow-to-scarlet-to-purple sundowns or the Cape May-Lewes Ferry peacefully plying the Delaware Bay from Cape May's Sunset Beach, it's hard to imagine the turbulent times when this beautiful location was heavily fortified and played a vital role in the nation's homeland defense system.

But the May 16 grand opening of the newly restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) Museum and Memorial brings a very different time into focus...

Seems to be the same story posted here...
http://www.baltimoresun.com/travel/bal-tr.capemay10may10,0,1623480.story


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fort Barrette Road's name becoming a heated issue

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090422/NEWS01/904220400/1001

Photo gallery, video, etc, at original article

Posted 4-22-09

KAPOLEI — What's now Fort Barrette Road has been around at least since 1943, when it was likely just a U.S. military access road from Barbers Point to the coastal defense gun emplacement named after Brig. Gen. John D. Barrette, historians say.


Long before that — perhaps a thousand years or more — Kualaka'i Trail preceded Barrette and the fort named for him, according to Hawaiian oral history.

Those two histories — ancient and 20th century — clashed recently in the state Legislature, in the form of a resolution seeking to change the name of Fort Barrette Road to Kualaka'i Road.

The resolution passed in the House, but was deferred in a Senate committee, leaving impassioned
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boy Scouts Help Clean and Learn about Fort Wool.

http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-local_scout_0426apr26,0,3898820.story
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad one posted by davep on the yahoo group

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO111744/

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vandals strike fort at Castle Island

BOSTON -- A popular and historic destination came under siege by a
group of vandals.

Police said vandals caused extensive damage to Fort Independence
at Castle Island sometime Monday night.

Officials said it appears that fires were started throughout the
building and that the tool shop had been broken into. The vandals
stole, which was used to graffiti the inside and outside of the
building, according to police.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bunker remnant of military presence at Fort Worden

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090525/NEWS/305259990

By Jennifer Jackson
Peninsula Daily News

Posted 5/24/2009

Most are concrete gun emplacements that housed weapons never fired at enemy ships and became obsolete with the advent of the airplane in World War I.

But inside this grass-covered bunker, military personnel maintained surveillance of the entrance to Puget Sound in the mid-1940s and occupied it into the Cold War era.

"They used hydrophones to detect sonar," said Alfred Chiswell. "They were listening for low-level sounds."

Chiswell is president of the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum, also located at Fort Worden State Park.

In addition to serving as docents, museum volunteers help maintain the gun emplacements, put up interpretive signs and give guided tours...
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