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The forts of America varied in type from military posts, to fortresses established by fur trading companies, to private enterprises built solely to protect the pioneers within.

Most often when we think of forts, we imagine a high stockade type wall of sharpened logs that surround a number of buildings. Inside these walls are hardy pioneers and soldiers, valiantly defending themselves from hostile Indians on the outside. Though western films have perpetuated this idea, and sometimes forts were built in a stockade type manner, the purpose and style of forts varied widely and this "typical" scenario was the exception rather than the rule.

Alcatraz Island, CA

Alcatraz Island, CA

Alcatraz, CA - Administration Building

Alcatraz, CA - Administration Building

Alcatraz, CA - Approaching

Alcatraz, CA - Approaching

Alcatraz, CA - Barracks

Alcatraz, CA - Barracks

Alcatraz, CA - Buildings

Alcatraz, CA - Buildings

Alcatraz, CA - Lighthouse

Alcatraz, CA - Lighthouse

Alcatraz, CA - Lighthouse

Alcatraz, CA - Lighthouse

Alcatraz, CA - Recreation Yard

Alcatraz, CA - Recreation Yard

Alcatraz, CA - Warden's House Ruins

Alcatraz, CA - Warden's House Ruins

Bent's Fort, CO - Looking Down

Bent's Fort, CO - Looking Down

Cape Girardeau, MO - Fort D

Cape Girardeau, MO - Fort D

Cape Girardeau, MO - Fort D - 2

Cape Girardeau, MO - Fort D - 2

Columbus, NM - Camp Furlong

Columbus, NM - Camp Furlong

Columbus, NM - Pancho Villa State Park

Columbus, NM - Pancho Villa State Park

Fort Belknap, TX - Building

Fort Belknap, TX - Building

Fort Belknap, TX - Building - 2

Fort Belknap, TX - Building - 2

Fort Belknap, TX - Entrance

Fort Belknap, TX - Entrance

Fort Belknap, TX - Powder Magazine

Fort Belknap, TX - Powder Magazine

Fort Bliss, TX - 7th Cavalry Barracks

Fort Bliss, TX - 7th Cavalry Barracks

Fort Bowie, AZ - Apache Camp

Fort Bowie, AZ - Apache Camp