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Fort Pike, named for explorer and soldier General Zebulon Montgomery Pike who also discovered Pike's Peak, is a historic site strategic for the defense of the US in its early years. Fort Pike, constructed between 1819 and 1826, was once of six masonry forts built in coastal Louisiana to protect New Orleans from a seaborne invasion. It features enclosed casemates (brick vaults within the walls) with long exit tunnels. The curved structure overlooks the Rigolets, a narrow passage between Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico.

Situated within the outer walls of Fort Pike is the original Citadel, a two story soldiers' barracks. Guided tours are offered, please call for more information.

Location: Route 6, Box 194, New Orleans Louisiana 70129 Telephone 504-662-5703 Toll Free: 888-662-5703

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(New Orleans) Fort Pike State Historic Site
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