Fort Meyers Kitchen Ruins

Uploaded: February 07, 2014


Both Meyers Spring (posted yesterday) and Fort Meyers were named for one of the Black Seminole soldiers who served under Lt. John L. Bullis. Fort Meyers was located in the canyon near Meyers Spring. The Fort consisted of 15 one room adobe huts and two stone houses all roofed with local Ocotillo. This capture is the remains of the kitchen as evidenced by the fireplace hearth. The Black scouts assigned here were known as "The Black Watch". The patrolled the area to protect settlers from area and prevent Indians from using the spring. After Bullis retired he lived for a time at the old fort in the canyon.

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 80, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 4.30 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS


Emile Abbott level-deluxe February 07, 2014

The fort by 1990's was mostly in ruins and is now on private ranch land and has limited access. The fort was in much disrepair and in ruins. Our Rock Art Foundation (of which I am a member) is in the process of restoring the fort to is original state and we began with the fireplace and kitchen area. We have received $50,000 in donations (most by the rancher who owns the land). Our biggest problem is we have to get a certified licensed mason with skills in this kind of restoration. We could not use unskilled, unlicensed workers and this has hampered our progress. This capture was taken on one of my trips there on Sept 28th, 2013. #1562627

frank w. degenhardt level-classic February 07, 2014

Its sad that the politics always seems to get in the way of things like restoring this fort. Its on private land for goodness sakes so why do they feel they have to get involved. This is an amazing part of history, perhaps some would rather not be reminded. Love the picture and the hearth, beautiful colors, fantastic story behind it Emile. #10969440

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe February 07, 2014

Fantastic capture Doc! Great info too - Hopefully this will be restored soon and you will have more images to share with us! #10969474

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe February 07, 2014

Super beautiful capture and such a lovely day to go with it, Emile!!! Soooo pretty!! Interesting story. There are a lot of masons in Chicago if you need some. My husband knows a lot of people in the trades if needed. #10969498

Emile Abbott level-deluxe February 07, 2014

Thanks Frank, Jeff and Ellen. Trying to keep this Black History Month Series interesting. Not looking for EP or winners just informative photographs. #10969509

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 07, 2014

Great find and presentation Emile, totally agree with your commentary!

jo ann c. #10969524

Anita Hogue February 07, 2014

So awesome, Emile! A wonderful story! #10969530

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict February 07, 2014

Thanks for sharing such a lovely image and interesting story. You could use this image to get people interested in this project. As you get more donations, you might be able to get the right mason.

Debby #10969584

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe February 07, 2014

Interesting info to go along with this wonderful capture. Excellent details and comp. Hope the work can get started soon. #10969596

Robert R. Goodman level-addict February 07, 2014

Hi Emile,Now that's the kind of project I would like to be on.Excellent capture and info my friend!!! #10969683

Patrick Rouzes level-classic February 07, 2014

Colors, tones, textures, lighting & clarity are spectacular, Emile. Loved the fascinating history too.

Nadia Paul February 07, 2014

Wonderful capture of this historic ruin Emile - great info and best of luck with the restoration! #10969769

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic February 08, 2014

I hope it can be preserved...sad to lose it. Interesting and loved reading about it....Great capture! #10970135

John Connolly February 08, 2014

A wonderful old site and capture Emile! It is good to see you so involved in this heritage work! #10970298

Tiia Vissak February 08, 2014

great tones, details & pov! #10970362

Emile Abbott level-deluxe February 08, 2014

Thanks JO ANN, Anita, Debby, Tammy, Bobby, Patrick, Nadia, Shelly, John and Tiia. #10970499

Terry Cervi level-classic February 08, 2014

What a great shot of the remains of the fort, Emile! How wonderful that you're involved in the fort's restoration! #10970727

Emile Abbott level-deluxe February 09, 2014

Thanks Terry #10971400

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