By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies as provided in our policy.

Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member unimoggers
N 25° 54.089 W 080° 07.529
17R E 587594 N 2865065
Quick Description: This is a bear to find, but not now that you have the coordinates. I felt like a true trailblazer finding this. I understand this used to be a nude beach! This is a two-sided marker.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/13/2008 7:07:42 PM
Waymark Code: WM3ZWB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member StressMaster
Views: 135

Long Description:
Location:Baker's Haulover
County: Miami-Dade
City: Miami
Description: Two sided marker: The originally known Lighthouse Dock, once at this site, marked the beginnings of this area?s fame as a sportsman?s paradise. Folklore and history relate that a man named Baker (c. 1810) "hauled over" fishing boats from the bay to the ocean. In 1926, Captain Henry Jones (1883-1968) built the first dock with a permit from the War Department. By 1937-1939, the Lighthouse Restaurant and the Ocean Bay Trailer Park shared this property. These early docks served as the foundation of an international sport fishing tourist industry as charter boat fisherman searched for marlin, sailfish and other big-game fish in Miami's abundant Gulf Stream waters. Adjacent to these docks was an official weighing station of the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament, the oldest and largest fishing contest in the world. Many record catches were certified here. Captains navigated their charters beneath the hazardous Haulover Bridge with its treacherous currents. They also contended with the threat of enemy submarines, just outside the Inlet, from 1942 to 1943. Some captains assumed duties as sub-spotters. A Coast Guard vessel was moored here during World War II to ensure civilian safety, making this a strategic military site at that time. In 1944 the Lighthouse Dock became part of the Haulover Beach Park. The Dade County Parks Department assumed management and changed the name to Haulover Beach Docks. In 1951-1952 the docks were replaced by a marina, built farther to the north. Calling these docks home were the captains, their boats, and the only women working as mates for their husbands. The earliest pioneer captains at these docks were: Henry Jones, Henrietta; George Hamway, Popeye; Joe Reese, Ethel Lee; Slim Caraway (Marjorie) Lady Luck; John Sacon (nee Saconchik), Martha Mary; George Helker, Gremlin; Ralph Nemire (Iris), Seacomber; Harry Stone, Oke Doke; Ira Gregory, Lucky Strike; Elsworth Stone, Anhow; W.D. Murphy, Pat; Charles Smith (Mary), Interim; Harold Alford (Jeannette) Privateer; Otto Reichert, Restless; Robert Paterson, Huskee; Frank Kurek, Sportsman; Ernie Luebbers, Mystery; B.C. Millard, Surf King; and Paul Goerner, Vee Gee. Other individuals contributing to the success of the Haulover fishing fleet: Official Dock Photographer, Doris Barnes; Dock/Weigh Masters, Norton/Waggoner; and Taxidermist, Al Pflueger. They recorded the feats of tourists and such celebrities as Hollywood superstar Robert Mitchum and TV host Arthur Godfrey.

A Florida Heritage Site
Sponsored by The Florida Department of State
Marker Number: F-468

Date: 2003

County: Miami-Dade

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: Miami-Dade Park and Recreation and The Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
In your log, please say if you learned something new, and if you took any extra time to explore the area once you stopped at the historic marker waymark.

Please post a photo at the marker location.
Search for... Google Map
Google Maps
Bing Maps Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Florida Historical Markers
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Nearest Hotels
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
Markerman62 visited HAULOVER BEACH SPORT FISHING DOCKS 1/24/2018 Markerman62 visited it
ChapterhouseInc visited HAULOVER BEACH SPORT FISHING DOCKS 10/16/2011 ChapterhouseInc visited it

View all visits/logs