Welcome to the historic Mallory Square marker. Though it’s within the square, it’s still very easily missed being flanked by bushes.
The Mallory Square Area was the hub of Key West’s Wrecking industry in the 19th century. It includes warehouses where salvage from ships wrecked on the reef were stored and auctioned. Named for Stephen Mallory who left the United States Senate to become Secretary of the Navy for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
Here’s a little known fact that’ll win you a bar bet: Even though Stephen Mallory was the Secretary of the Navy for the Confederate States of America and stationed in Key West, the Civil War Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West remained in northern Yankee hands during the ENTIRE Civil War!
Mallory Square is known worldwide for its celebration of sunset and the hub of the city’s tourism industry. Maps available upon request in the former Tift’s Ice House now known as the Shell Warehouse.
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