Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010
Dry Tortugas National Park turned 75 this year and the park friends group, South Florida National Parks Trust, hosted a celebration at the park's EcoDiscovery Visitor Center in Key West on November 5th.
This very unique and special place is the most remote national park in the contiguous United States, with important historical cultural resources and pristine natural resources.
On January 4, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who visited the area by ship, designated the area as Fort Jefferson National Monument. Fort Jefferson, built in the 19th century, is one of the best preserved fortifications in the country and an important icon of American military history.
On October 26, 1992 the Dry Tortugas, including Fort Jefferson, was established as a national park, recognizing that the pristine natural resources of this area were also important national treasures that deserved recognition and stewardship.
Highlights of the event on November 5th included the mayor of Key West, Craig Cates, reading a city proclamation that made that day Dry Tortugas Day in Key West, and Kim Sovia-Crandon, representing Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, presented a flag flown over the capital to Superintendent Dan Kimball.