Details for Jefferson Ordnance Magazine (Atlas Number 5507016909)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507016909

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Marker Number 16909
Atlas Number 5507016909
Marker Title Jefferson Ordnance Magazine
Index Entry Jefferson Ordnance Magazine
Address
City Jefferson
County Marion
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes
Marker Year 2011
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location North-northeast of Highway 59 and Big Cypress Bayou
Marker Size RTHL Medallion and plaque without post
Marker Text JEFFERSON ORDNANCE MAGAZINE THIS HISTORIC POWDER HOUSE OR MAGAZINE WAS CONSTRUCTED DURING THE CIVIL WAR TO SAFELY STORE POWDER AND MUNITIONS. THE SINGLE ROOM, SQUARE BRICK BUILDING’S STRUCTURAL DESIGN FOCUSED ON SECURITY AND VENTILATION, COMPLETE WITH A LIGHT ROOF TO BEAR THE BULK OF THE FORCE SHOULD AN EXPLOSION OCCUR. ON APRIL 14, 1865, FEDERAL TROOPS TOOK OVER THE BUILDINGS AND USED THEM FOR TROOP ENCAMPMENT. THE REMAINS OF TWO SIMILAR POWDER MAGAZINES WERE ALSO DISCOVERED NEAR THIS SITE. THIS MAGAZINE IS THE ONLY FREESTANDING ORDNANCE MAGAZINE IN TEXAS AND ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING IN THE U.S.