The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  FLORIDA'S BUILDING - There could be no more striking change at the Exposition than when the visitor left the great halls of New York or Pennsylvania, where the click of the telegraph and the sound of piano sonata or orchestral symphony fell on his ear, and turning a corner, entered the reproduction of Fort Marion, which was the headquarters of Florida. Luxury and crude nature here so nearly jostled each other that each must have felt offended by the other's presence. Fort San Juan de Pinos, at San Augustine (not Fort Marion) was first built in 1565, over three hundred and twenty-five years ago. The foundations of the new fort, as it now stands, were laid in 1620, the year that the pilgrims landed in Massachusetts. It took a century and a half of toil by captives, slaves, convicts and exiles to complete the heavy walls, bastions, curtains and towers of the defense. Fort Marion knew its bloodies days centuries before the Civil War, and did not enter prominently in the strife of 1861, but when the Apaches were at last stopped from their bloody work in Arizona, the worst of those savages were immured within these gloomy walls, to ruminate on their folly and impatiently plan escape. The engraving shows the plentitude of tropical plants and trees that decked this southern lodge, and the exterior offers a fair idea of the inner parts, where many beautiful things were shown. The dimensions were one hundred and thirty-seven by one hundred and thirty-seven feet, and the cost of this instructive reproduction was $20,000.
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