E.H. Gato Cigar Factory

E.H. Gato Cigar Factory (HM1R9W)

Location: Key West, FL 33040 Monroe County
Country: United States of America

N 24° 33.052', W 81° 47.834'

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The Gato Cigar Factory was constructed by Eduardo H. Gato in 1916. This Neo-Classiscal Revival, poured-concrete structure with a large central courtyard was constructed after an earlier wood frame factory on this site burned. Numerous windows provided much needed light for the workers. It is also one of the earliest American integrated workplaces where Cuban, African, and Bahamian-Americans, and whites worked side by side while their children attended the same school. Small cottages were built near the factory to house the workers, and became an area known as Gatoville. The factory was a political center as workers raised funds to support efforts to free Cuba from Spain. The cigar industry was critical to Key West's economy just before the 20th century, but declined in the early 1900's as cigar manufacturers moved to Tampa. In 1942 the Gato factory was sold to the Department of the Navy for use as a military barracks and cafeteria, and later served as the Navy Commissary until 1989. In 1998 Monroe County obtained the property, and in 2001 completed a rehabilitation to make the building home to Monroe County Offices, a cigar museum, and the Florida State Health Department.
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HM NumberHM1R9W
Marker NumberF-701
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Historic Florida Keys Foundation and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 419259 N 2715450
Decimal Degrees24.55086667, -81.79723333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 24° 33.052', W 81° 47.834'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds24° 33' 3.12" N, 81° 47' 50.04" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)305
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1100-1118 Simonton St, Key West FL 33040, US
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