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Fort Hancock NJ - Where Gumbo Was (#131)

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Entrance to Mortar Battery

Congratulations to TravelingCanuck who guessed that this week Gumbo was "down the shore" in New Jersey, visiting Fort Hancock. Fort Hancock is a decommissioned military base that sits in the Sandy Hook National Park. The National Park is also home to the Sandy Hook Light House.


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Sandy Hook Lighthouse

The original safe channel into NY harbor passes very close to Sandy Hook, at the north end of the Jersey Shore, and there has been a lighthouse here since 1764 and a military base since 1812. In 1890 the army built fortified cement mortar batteries, and it was one of those that Gumbo was entering in the first picture.


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The circles were tracks for aiming the 12-inch guns

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Unfortunately, some of the information signage was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and has not yet been repaired.

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12-inch mortar shells


In 1898 Fort Hancock was commissioned as a permanent military base and became home to a proving ground for large guns and also missile defense site during the cold war.



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Officer's Housing

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Enlisted Men's mess hall

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Memorial to 9 soldiers and civilians killed when a NIKE missile exploded in its silo nearby.


One of the most interesting things about this retired military base is that it sits inside a National Park that one of the most popular beaches on the Jersey shore.


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