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Good News - I was finally able to get all of the photos taken during my trip to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson formatted and uploaded!
Dry Tortugas National Park is made up of an archipelago (a group of multiple coral islands) located about 68 miles West of Key West Florida in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the Western hemisphere, is located within the park on the largest island. The park and fort are only accessible by boat or seaplane and there are no permanent residents. The park is a very popular tourist destination for snorkling, camping, swimming and bird watching.
There are a lot of legends surrounding the area, including reports of paranormal activity. Samuel Mudd, the doctor who helped John Wilkes Booth, the man who assisinated Abraham Lincoln, during his attempted escape was inprisoned in a section of the fort. I have a picture of a plaque in the album related to that.
There are also numerous ship wrecks in the area dating all the way back to the 1400's. We actually passed by the still active treasure recovery operation at the site of the Atocha, a Spanish galleon that sunk in a hurricane in the 1500's, on the way to the Dry Tortugas from Key West. That wreck was discovered by treasur hunter Mel Fisher in the 1980's and there is an interesting museum in Key West with artifacts from the wreck (look up "Mel Fisher Key West Museum" on Google to find information about that).
I, of course, went to a few of the famous bars (Sloppy Joe's, Captain Tony's, etc.) but Key West is also full of history and ghostly legends so don't forget to check that aspect of the island out if you get a chance to visit!
You can find the pictures here: http://www.lostandfoundohio.com/gallery/index.php?/category/643