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Hurricane Houses
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 24° 54.971 W 080° 38.221
17R E 536653 N 2755715
Quick Description: Located on Old FL 4A parallel to US 1 in Islamorada.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 11/12/2015 6:17:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMPYRQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 5

Long Description:
After the 'Great Hurricane' of 1935, the Red Cross and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed 16 houses for Islamorada area families. Built to be 'hurricane proof,' they consisted of poured concrete and steel. Several hurricane houses still stand throughout the vicinity. The doorways stand high above ground; the foundations are 18 inches thick; there are large cisterns beneath the floors to store fresh water. The cisterns hold enough water to sustain a small family throughout the dry season.
Marker Number: None

Date: None

County: Monroe

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: Matecumbe Historical Trust

Website: Not listed

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