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Highway Piers
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 24° 50.705 W 080° 44.855
17R E 525503 N 2747817
Quick Description: Located at the bridge between Lower Matecumbe Key and Craig Key on US 1
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/20/2018 8:04:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ6ZN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 1

Long Description:
The veterans of World War I were promised a bonus but due to the Great Depression of the early 1930s the government was without funds.
Roosevelt was president and formed the Florida Emergency Relief Administration to create jobs for those out of work.
In Nov., 1934, the government sent 600 veterans to build bridges to replace the ferries. The main and largest camp was here where the Boy Scout Sea Base is today.
On Sept. 2, 1935, the great Labor Day hurricane with 200 mph winds and 20' waves destroyed the camp and the railway. The road was rebuilt on the railway bridges leaving the unfinished piers as a memorial to the hundreds who lost their lives.
Marker Number: None

Date: None

County: Monroe

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: Matecumbe Historical Trust

Website: Not listed

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