Eduardo H. Gato House Historical

Eduardo H. Gato House Historical (HM1WSQ)

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

N 24° 32.838', W 81° 47.792'

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This house, with its elaborate Queen Anne style detailing, was built c. 1894 by E. H. Gato, Sr. (1847-1926). The Gato family was one of Key West's most prominent families, and three generations of the family lived here until 1951. Eduardo H. Gato was a Cuban patriot who helped finance Cuba's revolutionary leaders including Jose Marti, who fought for freedom from Spain. Gato came to Key West in 1874. He was instrumental in Key West's evolution from a small fishing town to one of Florida's wealthiest cities through his development of the Cuban tobacco industry. He built Key West's foremost cigar factory, where millions of cigars, using tobacco imported from Cuba, were hand rolled and boxed for shipment worldwide. In 1917, he built the first fireproof cigar factory on Simonton Street and constructed a nearby "city" of frame cigar workers' cottages, the Barrio de Gato, or Gatoville. Gato was president of the E. H. Gato Cigar Co.; vice-president of the Key West Bank; and proprietor of the Key West Street Car, a horse-drawn system. Eduardo H. Gato Jr. (1874-1948) served as vice-president of the E. H. Gato Cigar Company and oversaw the extensive Gato real estate holdings.
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HM NumberHM1WSQ
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Year Placed2013
Placed BySantiago Family and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 419328 N 2715055
Decimal Degrees24.54730000, -81.79653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 24° 32.838', W 81° 47.792'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds24° 32' 50.28" N, 81° 47' 47.52" W
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Area Code(s)305
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1316-1398 Duval St, Key West FL 33040, US
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