Thursday, September 24, 2020

Rescue Monroe Station

Monroe Station 1920s

Monroe Station 1920s

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Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation.

Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated rural area. It finally closed and has been dormant, decaying, a sorry eyesore to those who remember its heyday.

A movement to rescue Monroe Station is now under way. The local Everglades Society

Monroe Station present day. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Monroe Station present day. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

for Historic Preservation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is working to raise funds.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 because of its importance in the commercial growth of South Florida.

You can learn more and make a donation online for a 2015 tax deduction at www.evergladeshistorical.org.

The property is owned by Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee. The intention is to restore it to its original profile with historical exhibits downstairs and offices above.

When applying for grants it helps to show there is interest in the project – your donation provides evidence that people care about our history. The money received will be used to save the building.

Local non-profits are coordinating fundraising for this undertaking and will provide written receipts for your taxes.

To discuss this project, phone Marya at 239-695-2905.

 

 

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