Jensen Beach in Martin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Stuart Welcome Arch
Inscription. This Mediterranean Revival style monument typical of the pre-Depression Florida Boom was designed by Nat C. Hodgdon of Pfeiffer and O'Reilly Architects, constructed by A. L. Doenges and completed on February 20, 1926. The arch was built to celebrate the creation of Martin County with Stuart as the county seat. This gateway greeted southbound travelers on the Montreal to Miami Dixie Highway (formerly A1A) with the bronze-lettered caption, "Stuart - Atlantic Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico", a reference to the cross-state canal connecting Martin County to Florida’s west coast through Lake Okeechobee. Design and construction of the arch was funded through a Stuart Chamber of Commerce campaign organized by prominent leaders and supported by citizens of the City of Stuart and Jensen Beach. Continuous repair resulting from theft during the Depression, hurricane damage, natural deterioration, and vehicular accidents reflects this landmark's significance in both the local and countywide communities. The gateway is currently known as the Rio-Jensen Arch, and its restoration is a goal in the Rio Community Redevelopment Plan adopted by Martin County in April, 2001.
By James R. Murray, May 14, 2015
1. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
Erected 2004 by Martin County Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-520.)
27° 13.54′ N, 80° 13.208′ W. Marker is in Jensen Beach, Florida, in Martin County. Marker is at the intersection of Northeast Dixie Highway (State Road 707) and Northeast Arch Street, on the left when traveling south on Northeast Dixie Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2369 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach FL 34957, United States of America.
By James R. Murray
2. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Elizabeth Mound (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gilbert's Bar Prehistoric Site (approx. 3.8 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is at the base of the Arch.
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By James R. Murray, May 13, 2015
3. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
4. The Stuart Welcome Arch Marker
Aerial view of location marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2015, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. 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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