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|This lone grave, surrounded by its rusty enclosure, has been the basis for
various romantic legends down through the centuries. There's good reason to
believe that a Spanish officer by the name of Sancho Pablo, stationed at the fort
during the time of Spanish rule, 1763 - 1800, sleeps beneath the ancient oaks,
just outside of the fort itself.
|These steps once led to a hotel constructed in 1823, adjacent
to a portion of the fort, after it had been decommissioned.
|Above, a few of the ancient oak trees on the grounds. Untold
thousands of trees died after sitting in flood waters for 3 weeks or
more, but the oak trees faired better than most and many survived.
|The structure above, and another similar to it, is from the period when
the fort was used as part of a resort area and, later, amusement park,
between 1823 - 1926. As far as I know, no one is sure of their
purpose, but my guess is some type of water fountain.
|Front wall of battlement, as seen from Bayou St. John. Note the
difference time has made, when you compare these photos with those
taken in the 1930's, at the first link below.
|The centuries come and the centuries go, but Sancho Pablo sleeps on.
|Fort San Juan del Bayou - Old Spanish Fort Today
Bayou St. John at Lake Pontchartrain - Established 1701
I took these photos in December, 2007. It was the first time I'd visited the fort since
the levee failures in 2005. Although what's left of the fort continues to deteriorate, as it
has for the better part of a century, I was happy to see that the flood waters don't
appear to have added extra damage to the structure. The fort has such a long and
significant history...it's sad to accept the fact that it will not be saved for future
generations. To see more photos and read about its history, follow the links to my
other pages about the Old Spanish Fort at the bottom of this page. Nancy
|Don Bourgeois has found a mystery brick at Spanish Fort with what looks
to be the imprint of the word "D-I-A-N-A" on it. If you have any idea
what that might signify, he would appreciate it if you'd let him know.