Jupiter in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
World War II U.S. Naval Housing Building
The U.S. Navy constructed this building (circa 1939) on land included in the Federal Jupiter Lighthouse Reservation established by President Franklin Pierce in 1854. Built as Married Men's Quarters, the two-story wood-frame building had six two-bedroom apartments, each with brick fireplaces, and a continuous screened first-floor porch facing the Inlet. During World War II, Navy personnel lived in this building, and in the then adjacent Transmitter and Dormitory building and the Chief Petty Officers´ Quarters. These three buildings were part of the Direction Finding Station built on the reservation known as “Station J.” Developed to locate the German submarines torpedoing ships off the Florida coast, Station J also served as a navigational beacon for military ships and aircraft, and for communications during the war. Station J was closed in July 1945, and starting in 1958, most of the World War II military wood-frame structures including the two adjacent buildings, were demolished. In the 1960s, the Navy gave this portion of the Reservation, including this building, to the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2004, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management transferred ownership of this portion of the Reservation to the Town of Jupiter.
Erected 2006 by The Town of Jupiter and the Florida Department
Location. 26° 56.908′ N, 80° 5.059′ W. Marker is in Jupiter, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker can be reached from Captain Armour's Way 0.3 miles south of Beach Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum on your left as you enter. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Captain Armour's Way, Jupiter FL 33469, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jupiter Lighthouse (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Dive Into History" (about 700 feet away); Ft. Jupiter - Jupiter Lighthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sawfish Bay (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jupiter Inlet Midden I (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks (approx. 0.8 miles away); Military Trail (approx. 1˝ miles away); Historic Jupiter School (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jupiter.
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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