Castillo de San Marcos, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos – The Oldest Spanish Fort In The United States Of America

In the 1500s, Castillo de San Marcos was built to protect the Spanish colonists who established the city of Saint Augustine within the former colony of Florida.

Before the Revolutionary War, Britain obtained the lands in Florida from Spain. At the end of the Revolutionary War the British, agreed to cede the lands in Florida back to Spain. In 1819, the United States purchased the lands in Florida from Spain, this acquiring the oldest fort in the continental United States.

Florida, HM69 Nike Missile Base, Nike Missile Site SF-88

The Nike Missile Site SF-88

Nike Missile Site SF-88, was established in Mill Valley, California, during the Cold War, as one of hundreds of short ranged nuclear warhead missile sites around the country. After the SALT I and SALT II treaties were negotiated with the Soviet Union the middle site was decommissioned by the U.S. Army in 1973.

Presently, the SF88 Nike Missile Site and the HM69 Nike Missile Base, within the Everglades National Park in Florida, are the only remaining nuclear sites from the Cold War era that are open to the public for tours.

Philip Andrew Hamilton at the underground nuclear missile silo with a nuclear missile site veteran.

Philip Andrew Hamilton with Lara Volski, a U.S. Park Ranger working at the Nike Missile Site whom is related to U.S. President Zachary Taylor, at the radar site.

Philip Andrew Hamilton with David Kreutzinger, one of the veterans of the SF-88 Nike Missile Site.

Author’s Note:

During Philip Hamiltons’s Visit to the site he met with various veterans of the Nike Missile Sites who worked at stations in California and other states.