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Saving the Civil War powder magazine in Jefferson, Texas

By the Fort Worth District

150 years ago Federal troops were garrisoned at Jefferson, Texas, site of this black powder magazine built by Confederate forces. It was part of a logistics chain during the Civil War that sent munitions by wagon from East Texas factories to the Jefferson steamboat docks. There it was shipped to the front down Big Cypress Bayou to the Red River and the Mississippi. River erosion threatens to topple the structure into Big Cypress Bayou. Fort Worth District is partnering with the Historic Jefferson Foundation under the Continuing Authorities Program to rescue this building, which is listed on the state and national registers of historic places, described in this video.