Monday, July 4, 2016

Fort Sumter coming apart as more visitors press in

Via Bob: What mystifies me is that there is another unused fort in Charleston Harbor - - Castle Pinckney - - that isn't part of the Sumter/Moultrie historic sites, and is in fact privately owned.  Add that one and the old Morris Island Lighthouse and you could have a good "Charleston Harbor National Historic Park."
 Retired National Parks Service Mason Dominic DeRubis works on the cannon casemate wall at Fort Sumter to mend the crumbling brick work at the historic landmark.

Tim Stone spreads his hands defenselessly on top of the wall of Fort Sumter that faces the Charleston shipping channel. This wall withstood cannon bombardment from Fort Moultrie and offshore warships, a landmark of American history. 

“It could fall as we stand here right now,” the fort’s National Park Service superintendent said.
On the 100th anniversary of the national parks, they, like their state counterparts, are in dire straits — more than $12 billion behind in maintenance and operating on a $3 billion budget. That’s even though the parks nationwide brought in 307 million visitors in 2015 and generated $32 billion in economic activity, according to the federal Department of the Interior. 

National parks, like state parks, are underfunded and consequently understaffed, falling behind in maintenance, pressured by government leaders to pay for themselves to operate. 

The three national parks near Charleston — Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site — are cumulatively more than $10 million behind in maintenance. The backlog statewide is more than $235 million.

More @ The Post & Courier


  1. A terrible national embarrassment.
    All that money over all those years, the roads, the bridges, these national treasures, where did all that money go?
    To line pockets. Some went to voters pockets, most went to whores sitting in leather chairs, bluish cigar smoke wafting over their heads in a domed building on a hill in DC.
    Today, 7-4-16 we celebrate free-dumb.
    I stole free-dumb from Western Shooter's blog.

    1. Yes, despicable.

      I stole free-dumb from Western Shooter's blog.

      Good enough for me!

  2. I doubt this is accidental. More a long term plan to eliminate our American history. Once these sites are gone they will be purged from all texts.