f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Renovating Fort D

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011, at 6:00 AM

Aug. 18, 1958 Southeast Missourian

Members of the Auxiliary Police and Civic 500 are shown Saturday afternoon as they tuckpointed and did other work towards restoring the building at Fort D. Some of the damage to the structure resulted from natural deterioration and some from vandalism. From the left are Harry Gluckhertz, Ben Dietrich (Civic 500), Guy Smith, Louis Perkins, Wm. Bennett, all of the Auxiliary Police. Others workers arrived later to assist. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)


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  • When I was a kid, Fort D was used as a Civil Defense facility. When the spring floods caused residents from Smelterville to move to higher ground, they lived in Fort D temporarily until the water receded. This was in the late 50s early 60s.When I attended May Greene School, we always had our Easter egg hunt over there in the spring. Later, the interior was partitioned into a single family home and a friend of mine lived there.

    -- Posted by darlajune on Fri, Jul 15, 2011, at 8:08 AM
  • Care of Fort D goes up and down like a yo-yo.

    Here's what it looked like in 1966 when it was on a down cycle:


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Jul 15, 2011, at 9:22 AM