National Geographic : 1947 Feb
U.S.National Park Service Walls Crumble, Roofless Rooms Stare at the Sky. Looters Mined Fort Jeffersonfor Metals and Firewood Vandals chopped mantels and hacked plaster. Time and hurricanes heaped up the confusion. Wrought-iron girders inthe officers' quarters arealmost acentury old. Empty casemates (center) could house the people of a good-sized town. Beside a palm stands the small, tomblike hot-shot oven, built toheat cannon balls cherry red for firing at wooden ships. Guns which once commanded the Gulf are gone, but their brick mounts remain (left).