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Islamorada in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of Camp Three

 
 
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By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
1. Site of Camp Three Marker
Inscription. Established in 1934, during the Great Depression, Camp Three housed 250 bonus army veterans until September 2, 1935 when one of the worst hurricanes ever recorded destroyed everything there. The eye of the hurricane passed over nearby Craig Key with a recorded barometric pressure of 26.35 inches and winds in excess of 200 miles per hour. Only eight of the veterans were known to have survived. The only visible remains of their work is the Veterans Key and the eight "coffins" that were to be the foundation for a bridge that would link Lower Matecumbe Key with Long Key.

Housed first in tents and then wooden cottages, these veterans, with an average age of 40, were supposed to live having survived World War One. One hundred and ten were identified and buried in Miami at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Due to health concerns at the time the remaining bodies recovered were quickly cremated.

This marker is dedicated to those veterans who lost their lives and gave all that day.
 
Erected 2012 by Toll Gates Shores - Lower Matecumbe Key.
 
Location. 24° 51.184′ N, 80° 44.388′ W. Marker is in Islamorada, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Tollgate Boulevard and Toll Gate Shores Drive,
Site of Camp Three Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
2. Site of Camp Three Marker
on the left when traveling west on Tollgate Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Islamorada FL 33036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Road and Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Triangle of History (approx. 2.6 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 4.7 miles away); Rafters (approx. 4.7 miles away); Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1733 (approx. 4.7 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad Overseas Extension (approx. 4.8 miles away); Historic Plaque (approx. 5 miles away); Tea Table Key (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Islamorada.
 
Also see . . .  Revisiting the story of the lost soldiers of Florida's most powerful hurricane. (Submitted on May 31, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsCemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersWar, World I
 
Site of Camp Three Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
3. Site of Camp Three Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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