Historic Markers Across Alabama

Panama Mount

Marker ID:  
Location: in Fort Morgan State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51 Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 13.685    W 088° 1.406
  30.22808333    -88.02343333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


After World War I, the versatile M1918M1 gun and its M1918A1 carriage were adapted for coast defense. Although the gun could be traversed over a wider range than other large guns of the period, it was still unable to adequately track moving targets. This deficiency was rectified by the development during the 1920's of circular concrete gun emplacements in the Panama Canal Zone.

When emplaced on these simple, inexpensive, Panama mounts, the 155mm GPF was effective alternative to older more complex coast defense weapons emplaced in large concrete batteries such as Battery Duportail's 12-inch"Disappearing Rifles.”

During World War II, two Battery F, 50th Coast Artillery's 155mm GPF's were mounted on two Panama mounts that were constructed on top of Fort Morgan. The emplacement located on Bastion #4 is the last Panama mount at Fort Morgan.

End of Panama Mount