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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. 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.
 
Camp Murphy Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, December 7, 2008
2. Camp Murphy Site Marker
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jonathan Dickinson Shipwreck (approx. 1.1 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.)
 
Hobe Mountain Tower information sign Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, December 7, 2008
3. Hobe Mountain Tower information sign
 
 
Jonathan Dickinson State Park entrance sign along U.S. 1 Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, December 7, 2008
4. Jonathan Dickinson State Park entrance sign along U.S. 1
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,461 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 9, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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