Fort Pickens: A Page out of History on Florida's Gulf Coast

    By VISIT FLORIDA staff

    Fort Pickens National Park, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, offers campgrounds and RV spaces, natural surroundings — and a history lession you won't find anywhere else. Built using about 21,500,000 bricks during the pre-Civil War era to guard Pensacola Bay, the deepest harbor on Florida's gulf coast, Fort Pickens housed Geronimo and 47 other Cherokee Apache prisoners from 1886-88. It remained a military installation until after the end of World War II.