Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ruth Bryan Owen Waterway Park
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Government & Politics • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 26, 1890.
Location. 25° 44.111′ N, 80° 16.452′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on Granada Boulevard north of Southwest 40 th Street (State Road 976), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miami FL 33134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Biltmore Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Coral Gables Congregational Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Historic 1926 White Way Lights (approx. 0.6 miles away); U of M Opened Here (approx. 0.7 miles away); Venetian Pool (approx. 0.7 miles away); Coral Gables Merrick House (approx. one mile away); Site of Packing House of Coral Gables Plantation (approx. one mile away); Troop 7 Log Cabin (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
More about this marker. The marker is located at the entrance to a small park, which has a scenic view of a waterway, picnic tables, benches and walking path.
Also see . . . Critical Past. Historic film footage of First Lady of U.S. Eleanor Roosevelt attends wedding of U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Ruth Bryan Owen to Danish Captain Borge Rohde in Hude Park, New (Submitted on April 13, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
Ruth Bryan Owen championed the creation of Everglades National Park. A Danish newspaper described her actions at a protest by landowners against the park:
"And she thought that the Everglades swamps should be a national park. At a meeting of the Congress was a group of landowners in Everglades. (They) trooped up to protest against conservation. They stated that it was pointless to classify their lands as a national park because Everglades was once worthless mud filled with snakes and mosquitoes. The landowners had brought a live snake, so everyone could see how disgusting and dangerous a place that was involved. But Ruth grabbed the snake and placed it around her neck and said, 'Exactly so scared we are of snakes in the Everglades.' And yes, the national park was created." (Translated from http://www.information.dk/93517)
— Submitted April 13, 2015, by Marsha
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.