Historic Markers Across Florida

Fort Basinger

Marker ID: FLHM F-54
Location: U.S. 98,west side of Kissimmee River Bridge.
County: Highlands
Coordinates: N 27° 21.779    W 081° 03.178
  27.36298333    -81.05296666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM32YP


Col. Zachary Taylor had Fort Basinger built in 1837, during the Seminole Wars, on the Kissimmee River 17 miles above its mouth. It was a small stockade which served as a temporary fort and supply station on the line of forts extending from Tampa to Lake Okeechobee. Named for Lt. William E. Basinger of the 2nd Artillery, who was killed in Dade´s Massacre, the fort was abandoned at the end of the Indian wars.


City: Fort Basinger, FL
More Information:
Wikipedia - Seminole Wars
Florida Center for Instructional Technology - Seminole Wars