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Dinner Key

 
 
Dinner Key Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
1. Dinner Key Marker
Inscription. Picnikers in sailboat days gave the key its name. In World War I, it was a Naval air base. In 1930, Pan American World Airways here inaugurated flying boat service to Latin America, erecting huge hangars and a terminal. The U.S. Government dredged first channel in history especially for aircraft. Over 100,000 visitors a month came to see the giant Flying Clippers.

Coast Guard established seaplane base in 1932. In World War II, Navy and Pan American operated flying boats here until Latin American airports built for hemispheric defense enabled use of more economical landplanes. City of Miami purchased key in 1946.
 
Erected 1953 by The Historical Association of Southern Florida.
 
Location. 25° 43.684′ N, 80° 14.053′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on Pan American Drive south of SW 27th Avenue, in the median. Click for map. Marker is located in the circular drive in front of Miami City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami FL 33133, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Housekeepers Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Coconut Grove Library (approx. 0.4
Dinner Key Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
2. Dinner Key Marker
Dinner Key Marker with view of the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami in the background.
miles away); The Barnacle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles Avenue (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ransom School (approx. mile away); The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery (approx. mile away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. one mile away); Vizcaya (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Miami.
 
More about this marker. Formerly an island, Dinner Key is today the site of a marina complex and Miami City Hall. It was connected to the mainland by a road in 1914 for use as a training facility for the U.S. Navy in World War I. Dinner Key was the base of international operations for Pan Am's flying boats as well as a Naval airbase during World War II.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pan American Seaplane Base and Terminal Building. National Park Service (Submitted on July 9, 2014.) 

2. Life & Times of Dinner Key. Pan American Historical Foundation (Submitted on July 9, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World IWar, World II
 
Miami City Hall image. Click for full size.
3. Miami City Hall
Miami City Hall was formerly the Pan American Airlines airport terminal, located on Dinner Key.
Dinner Key Marina image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
4. Dinner Key Marina
Dinner Key Marina image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
5. Dinner Key Marina
View of Miami skyline in distance
Pan American airplane at Dinner Key image. Click for full size.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/560
6. Pan American airplane at Dinner Key
Aerial view of Dinner Key, 1934 image. Click for full size.
By University of Miami Digital Exhibits. http://scholar.library.miami.edu/panam/dinner.html
7. Aerial view of Dinner Key, 1934
An aerial view of the Pan Am Terminal at Dinner Key, Miami, Florida, in 1934. The building is the present day Miami City Hall.
Mosaic on front exterior of Miami City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
8. Mosaic on front exterior of Miami City Hall
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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