Battle of Marathon
Saturday, January 15th, 2005
latitude: N 24° 42' 50.66"
longitude: W 81° 5' 34.35"
Download the Placefinder Card for this marker—it's in triplicate—and then print it out, preferably on card stock (cool color paper welcome!). Just cut the papers into threes (there are printed marks to assist you with this) and distribute the cards to information racks in the area. (And, of course, post some pictures and tag us!)
The Battle of Marathon plaque can be seen at Keys Fisheries, built on the site of an important part of the battlefield. Just a little up the road is MM (Mile Marker) 48.7 and people often wonder why such a specific place is highlighted. In fact, it is the point where, by tradition, the most intense fighting took place.
We chose this site for the plaque because of a critical skirmish whereby certain rebels snuck behind enemy lines and undermined the Conch Republic left flank. The Conchs had not protected that area because they had vicious trained Tarpon close to shore, but the rebels chummed the water and moved past.
Order some of the delicious stone crab and as you wait you can read the plaque. It is on the wall of the Keys Fisheries office.
Installed January 15, 2005 at 6:00PM.
We were able to have a nice slide show in the dusk and talk about the historical context of the battle and what it did to the territorial ambitions of the Conchs.
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