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United States Weather Bureau

 
 
United States Weather Bureau Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 18, 2018
1. United States Weather Bureau Marker
Inscription.  On February 9, 1870, a joint Congressional resolution authorized a national weather service. As one of the original observation stations, Key West was critical for weather forecasters. The Department of Agriculture purchased this lot in 1903 on the Key West Naval Station (1823-1974) to construct a new office for the U.S. Weather Bureau. Designed by architect Frank H. Jackson, the Classical Revival structure was completed in 1912. The building housed weather observers and rain gauges to report temperatures and storm warnings to the public. Daily marine bulletin broadcasts began in 1913. By 1921 telegraph, cable, and wireless reports provided data to the nation's meteorological services. Transferred to the Department of Commerce in 1940, the Key West Weather Bureau provided observations and hurricane warnings for the Caribbean area. By 1940 the Weather Bureau had played a key role in America’s aviation and commerce. The Navy purchased the property in 1950 for use as Quarters T, housing female personnel. After the base closed in 1974, private owners began preservation efforts. The Weather Bureau building was listed on the National Register of
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Erected 2016 by The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-907.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEnvironmentScience & MedicineWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
 
Location. 24° 33.292′ N, 81° 48.395′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Eaton Street, on the right when traveling south on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57 Front Street, Key West FL 33040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named United States Weather Bureau (a few steps from this marker); Marine Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Truman's Little White House (about 500 feet away); The Little White House (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named The Little White House (about 600 feet away); Naval Station (about 800 feet away); Submarine Base (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexander Cruz / Julia Gardner House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key West.
 
United States Weather Bureau Marker and building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 18, 2018
2. United States Weather Bureau Marker and building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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