American Forts

FortsHistoric American Forts
From Frontier Stockade to Coastal Fortress

I have no doubts that historical forts are worthy of a book. Back in the early 1960’s, this was probably a reasonable choice. This is some brief history and a bit of tourist information on about 15 forts across the United States. Not bad, but I am sure any tourist information, including maps, are woefully out of date after more than 50 years. The library binding of the old days, dense print, and lackluster photography means no one will be giving this book a second look no matter how informative.


Castillo de San Marcos Fort Vancouver


  1. Coming from Oregon, I never considered Fort Vancouver to be originally Canadian. British, yes, but not Canadian. Historical forts are so interesting that they deserve color photographs, so this is a weeder for sure.

    1. Agreed. When the border was set, it was between American and British Territory. Canada – more precisely, the Province of Canada – was a colony 3000 kilometres to the east. Funny to see this in a book with “Historic” in its title.

  2. I forget the name of the series but it has a volume for just about every historic place in the USA. The books are under 100 pages, well written and attractively illustrated. They’re also modestly priced and would be an excellent replacement for this creature.

  3. Lol, when they said Fort Vancouver I thought at first it was a fortress in Vancouver here in Canada. In Nova Scotia where I live we have a fort as well, the Fortress of Louisbourg.

  4. I have to disagree, because I would be interested. The reason is that such structures change with time, and these photographs represent a period in time that we can compare with older and current pictures.
    OK, it might be past its tourist sell by date, but it has moved into historical record. Consider how many people like looking at old pictures of their home town.

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