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Jensen Beach in Martin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Stuart Welcome Arch

 
 
The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 14, 2015
1. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
Inscription. This Mediterranean Revival style monument typical of the pre-Depression Florida Boom was designed by Nat C. Hodgdon of Pfeiffer and OReilly Architects, constructed by A. L. Doenges and completed on February 20, 1926. The arch was built to celebrate the creation of Martin County with Stuart as the county seat. This gateway greeted southbound travelers on the Montreal to Miami Dixie Highway (formerly A1A) with the bronze-lettered caption, Stuart Atlantic Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, a reference to the cross-state canal connecting Martin County to Florida’s west coast through Lake Okeechobee. Design and construction of the arch was funded through a Stuart Chamber of Commerce campaign organized by prominent leaders and supported by citizens of the City of Stuart and Jensen Beach. Continuous repair resulting from theft during the Depression, hurricane damage, natural deterioration, and vehicular accidents reflects this landmarks significance in both the local and countywide communities. The gateway is currently known as the Rio-Jensen Arch, and its restoration is a goal in the Rio Community Redevelopment Plan adopted by Martin County in April, 2001.
 
Erected 2004 by Martin County Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-520.)
 
Location.
The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray
2. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
27° 13.54′ N, 80° 13.208′ W. Marker is in Jensen Beach, Florida, in Martin County. Marker is at the intersection of Northeast Dixie Highway (Florida Route 707) and Northeast Arch Street, on the left when traveling south on Northeast Dixie Highway. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2369 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach FL 34957, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. Marker is at the base of the Arch.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 13, 2015
3. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker image. Click for full size.
4. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
Aerial view of location marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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