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Hurricane Monument

Mile Marker 81.6, Islamorada, FL 33036
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Ranked #11 of 21 attractions in Islamorada
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: monument to the hundreds who died in the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.
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New Hampshire
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201 reviews 201 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Since it is right on the main road, it is certainly worth a stop, even if only for a quick five minutes. Surely not something that has to be seen, but certainly something that makes you take notice.

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Hamtramck, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great place to learn some history of the area. Very small, but you become part of the area by visiting this site.

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Lantana, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This stop is easy to find and worth seeing to learn a bit more about the Keys history. Our family of 4 found it easily on the Overseas Hyway. Just pull over and grab one of the very informative brochures about the Hurricane history. You can walk around, stretch your legs and be amazed. Well worth the stop. Free and... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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156 reviews 156 reviews
87 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This monument, with its 18-foot obelisk, is a sobering reminder that the Keys are on the hurricane flight paths. The powerful storm that blew through here in 1935 didn't have a name. Storms weren't given people names back then. So that storm is simply known as the Labor Day hurricane. It killed hundreds, including civilians and veterans from World War... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Islamorada is known for many things -- sport fishing, art galleries, great food -- but we shouldn't forget the history behind the area. The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 claimed the lives of many WWI veterans working to build the overseas Highway as well as locals who were caught by the category 5 hurricane. There is a crypt made into... More

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Pass Christian, Mississippi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We drove past this monument and stopped to see what it was all about. Having family and friends go through Katrina, we are personally touched by tragic storms. The monument gave honor to the war heroes and civilians who perished in this terrible storm.

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SAINT AUGUSTINE
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Little known history about Florida and the Keys. Good for a quick visit and fact finding about how weather takes an important part in the Keys.

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Dix Hills, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I usually like roadside monuments/signs but there was really nothing much here, a few words about a big hurricane. Maybe I missed something but I don't think so.

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South Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Be sure to stop. It just takes a few minutes to read the story about the Labor Day 1935 hurricane & the many lives lost.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This small monument is located right on Highway 1. It provides information on the massive Labor Day hurricane of 1935, which killed hundreds. It is a pleasant spot to bike to from Cheeca Lodge along the roadside bike path.

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