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Blockhouse

On one of the brighter days last week, Christine and I took a walk in the park. We decided, for a change, to head north along the west side and, perhaps discover the Blockhouse which is tucked away in the north woods. In the 25 years or so that I have lived in the city, I had never found it! This time we were determined and asked directions of joggers; people who, usually, are well acquainted with the remoter bits of the park.

Following  a number of misleading  directions we came upon it. There was not much to see. It is the oldest fortification left over from the Revolutionary and 1812 wars and one was struck by the intimacy of conflict in those days–No death-dealing missiles swooping out of the sky from nowhere; your enemy was there in front of you within the boundaries of the future park. You glimpsed him through the gun-slits in the rectangular walls and, I imagine, had to shut out the thought that it was a fellow-countryman you were trying to kill?

18th century Blockhouse . . .

 

The one, and only, secure entrance to the fort . . .

 

This view from the Blockhouse would have would have astounded even the most prescient of revolutionaries!

 

 

 

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