“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Sawfish Bay

Sawfish Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
1. Sawfish Bay Marker
Inscription.  The waterfront location of today’s Sawfish Bay Park played a major role in the prehistoric and historic settlement of the Jupiter area. First inhabited during the Archaic Period 5,000 years ago, this site provided access to an intricate transportation system within the Everglades region. Marine life sustained these early peoples until contact with European diseases devastated the local population in the 1700s. The earliest historic written record of human activity on the site was the Cabot Home, first settled by Frederick M. Cabot II in 1892. By 1894 this site became the center of commerce when a railroad spur, which is still evident, connected the river community of Jupiter to the northeastern United States. The wharves, general stores, depots, post office, granary, fish house and warehouses that followed shifted the town west from the southern banks of the Jupiter Inlet. The Jupiter School, built here in 1901 next to the home of the first mayor, John Ziegler, was used until 1910. The pioneer children were transported to school in a lifeboat from the battleship U.S.S. Maine, which exploded in Havana Harbor in 1898, igniting the Spanish
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American War. The large Cabot Oak tree on the property is over 200 years old.
Erected 2006 by The Town of Jupiter and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-587.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, Spanish-AmericanWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 26° 56.646′ N, 80° 5.54′ W. Marker is in Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on State Road A1A, 0.2 miles north of Center Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in Sawfish Bay Park next to depot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 967 FL A1A, Jupiter FL 33477, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ft. Jupiter - Jupiter Lighthouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II U.S. Naval Housing Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Unconquered Legacy (approx. 0.6 miles away); A People By The Sea (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seminoles and Pioneers (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Dive Into History" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse began protecting ships at sea on July 10, 1860
Sawfish Bay Marker with relocated depot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
2. Sawfish Bay Marker with relocated depot
(approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jupiter.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 745 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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