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Check Six: Fort Armstrong – 113 years ago

January 9, 2020

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Fort Armstrong 1931 – from the Fort Wiki website

Fort Armstrong was built in 1907 to protect Honolulu Harbor. It was named for Brigadier General Samuel C Armstrong, the son of a missionary to Hawaii. Armstrong (the son – namesake of the Fort) was born January 30, 1839 on Maui. He attended Punahou and later volunteered to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War. 

At the end of the war, Armstrong established what is now known as Hampton University in 1868. Perhaps the best student of Armstrong’s Hampton-style education was Booker T Washington. 

The original garrison at Fort Armstrong was the 1st Coast Artillery Company, followed by the 104th Mine Co. operating the harbor mines. Also stationed there was the 185th Coast Artillery Company. They lived in tents for quite a long time; then temporary barracks were built – wooden structures that were continually occupied since January 1914. 

On December 13, 1951, because the site was no longer needed by the military and was needed by the Territory of Hawai‘i for harbor improvements, President Truman transferred the land to the Territory of Hawai‘i.

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