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

Eduardo H. Gato House

 
 
Eduardo H. Gato House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, September 26, 2016
1. Eduardo H. Gato House Marker
Inscription. This house, with its elaborate Queen Anne style detailing, was built c. 1894 by E. H. Gato, Sr. (1847-1926). The Gato family was one of Key West's most prominent families, and three generations of the family lived here until 1951. Eduardo H. Gato was a Cuban patriot who helped finance Cuba's revolutionary leaders including Jose Marti, who fought for freedom from Spain. Gato came to Key West in 1874. He was instrumental in Key West's evolution from a small fishing town to one of Florida's wealthiest cities through his development of the Cuban tobacco industry. He built Key West's foremost cigar factory, where millions of cigars, using tobacco imported from Cuba, were hand rolled and boxed for shipment worldwide. In 1917, he built the first fireproof cigar factory on Simonton Street and constructed a nearby "city" of frame cigar workers' cottages, the Barrio de Gato, or Gatoville. Gato was president of the E. H. Gato Cigar Co.; vice-president of the Key West Bank; and proprietor of the Key West Street Car, a horse-drawn system. Eduardo H. Gato Jr. (1874-1948) served as vice-president of the E. H. Gato Cigar Company and oversaw the extensive Gato real estate holdings.
 
Erected 2013 by Santiago Family and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-765.)
 
Location.
Eduardo H. Gato House image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, September 26, 2016
2. Eduardo H. Gato House
24° 32.838′ N, 81° 47.792′ W. Marker is in Key West, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Duval Street and South Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1327 Duval St, Key West FL 33040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The History of the Southernmost Point (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southernmost Point (about 400 feet away); Eduardo Gato Cigar Factory (approx. mile away); E.H. Gato Cigar Factory (approx. mile away); Porter's Anti-Pirate Fleet (approx. 0.4 miles away); War of 1898 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Convent Of Mary Immaculate (approx. 0.4 miles away); Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key West.
 
Also see . . .  About The Inn. Southernmost Point Guest House (Submitted on February 6, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 153 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 6, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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