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Hobe Sound in Martin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Camp Murphy Site

 
 
Camp Murphy Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, December 7, 2008
1. Camp Murphy Site Marker
Inscription. In 1942 the federal government opened Camp Murphy. It was the home of the Southern Signal Corps School during World War II and served as a U.S. Army base for instruction in radar operation in the early course of the war. The post was named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel William Herbert Murphy, a pioneer in the development of radio beams and equipment for military aircraft. Camp Murphy consisted of 11,364 acres and accommodated 854 officers and 5,752 enlisted men. The camp had close to 1000 buildings that included a bank, movie theater, church, and bowling alley. Camp Murphy was officially decommissioned in 1944 and used for migrant housing during the fall and winter of 1945. Buildings not already dismantled after the camp's deactivation were sold and carted away beginning in 1946. On June 9, 1947, the property was transferred from the U.S. Government to the State of Florida for a State Park. In 1950 Jonathan Dickinson State Park opened to the public.
 
Erected 2008 by the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and The Florida Department of State (A Florida Heritage Site). (Marker Number F-624.)
 
Location. 27° 1.011′ N, 80° 6.63′ W. Marker is in Hobe Sound, Florida, in Martin County. Click for map.
Camp Murphy Site Marker (old location) Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, December 7, 2008
2. Camp Murphy Site Marker (old location)
Off a park road to the southwest of Hobe Mountain observation tower. Marker is in this post office area: Hobe Sound FL 33455, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jonathan Dickinson Shipwreck (approx. 1.1 miles away); "Dive Into History" (approx. 4.9 miles away); World War II U.S. Naval Housing Building (approx. 5 miles away); L.M. Davis Elementary School (approx. 5.3 miles away); Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery (approx. 5.5 miles away); Ft. Jupiter - Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 5.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Many of the concrete footings of the buildings are still visible, as are the camp's original roads.
 
Also see . . .
1. Florida in World War II - Camp Murphy. (Submitted on December 15, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.)
2. Gladwin Family Historical Collection - Camp Murphy. (Submitted on December 15, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Relocation of marker and addition
It appears that the marker has been moved about 300 feet or so from the roadside to in front of a new kiosk display about the history of the Camp. The photos
Camp Murphy Site Marker (new location) Photo, Click for full size
By James R. Murray, May 15, 2015
3. Camp Murphy Site Marker (new location)
Marker is now in front of an informational kiosk that richly describes the history of the Camp.
will illustrate the move . Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted May 15, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyAgricultureCommunicationsGovernmentMilitaryWar, World II
 
Camp Murphy Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
View from Google Earth 5/15/15, May 15, 2015
4. Camp Murphy Site Marker
View of the old location of the marker. It appears the marker has been moved about 300 feet from the side of the road to a new location in front of a kiosk.
Hobe Mountain Tower information sign Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, December 7, 2008
5. Hobe Mountain Tower information sign
Camp Murphy Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By James R. Murray, May 15, 2015
6. Camp Murphy Site Marker
Close up of the detail of the descriptions of the camp
Jonathan Dickinson State Park entrance sign along U.S. 1 Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, December 7, 2008
7. Jonathan Dickinson State Park entrance sign along U.S. 1
 
 
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