Biscayne House of Refuge

Biscayne House of Refuge (HM1FSF)

Location: Miami Beach, FL 33141 Miami-Dade County
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Country: United States of America
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N 25° 51.436', W 80° 7.227'

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Near this site stood the Biscayne House of Refuge to save survivors of shipwrecks from the perils of the desolate shore. After every storm, the keeper and his family searched the beach for castaways to furnish them food, clothing, shelter, and a safe return to civilization.



The Biscayne House of Refuge was constructed in 1876 through an executive order from President Ulysses S. Grant. It was one of five stations erected along Florida's southeast coast by the United States Life Saving Service, which became the United States Coast Guard in 1915.



The House of Refuge remained Semper Paratus (always ready) until modern settlement gradually replaced the wilderness. The structure was damaged beyond repair by the Great Hurricane of 1926 and was never rebuilt.



In 1941, the property was conveyed to the City of Miami Beach for use as a public park in exchange for the construction of a new island and station on the MacArthur Causeway. Since that time, the United States Coast Guard has operated from Causeway Island as an integral part of the Miami Beach community.



Other Houses of Refuge built in 1876 were located in Fort Lauderdale, Orange Grove (Delray Beach), Gilbert's Bar (Stuart), and Indian River Inlet (Fort Pierce). Only the Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge remains standing today.
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 6:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 588131 N 2860172
Decimal Degrees25.85726667, -80.12045000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 25° 51.436', W 80° 7.227'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds25° 51' 26.16" N, 80° 7' 13.62" W
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Area Code(s)305
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7201-7299 A1A, Miami Beach FL 33141, US
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