Close-up view of shot tower at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida.

Close-up view of shot tower at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/260531
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Title

  • Close-up view of shot tower at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida.

Image Number

  • TD00188C

Year

  • 1957

Date Note

  • Photographed on July 23 or 24, 1957.

Series Title

General Note

  • Accompanying note: "The old Arsenal gun shot tower and the building it graces still stand on the grounds of Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee. The building is now used as a ward for patients. Rooms in the tower, which boasts a fireproof vault from its early history, are used mostly for storage."
  • The hospital was originally the site of the Chattahoochee Arsenal (also known as the Mt. Vernon Arsenal) built in the 1830s. In 1868, under Governor Harrison Reed, the U.S. arsenal property at Chattahoochee became Florida's first penitentiary. The hospital's current Administration Building is the original Officers Quarters of that Arsenal and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It had served as a supply depot during the Seminole Wars. The Florida State Hospital was created in 1877 as the Florida Asylum for the Indigent Insane (Ch. 3035, Laws of Florida, 1877). In 1886, it was renamed the Florida Hospital for the Insane. In 1919, it received its present name, the Florida State Hospital. The Board of Commissioners of State Institutions (Ch. 3578, Acts, 1885) had general supervision over the state psychiatric hospital until 1969. At that time, it was placed under the supervision of the Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services (Ch. 69-106, Laws of Florida) and later under the Department of Children and Families (Chapter 96-403, Laws of Florida).

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Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 5 x 4 in.

Subject Term

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Shelf Number

  • Location: 30740B.

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