Stuart Welcome Arch

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Stuart Welcome Arch
Jensen Beach FL Welcome Arch Stuart05.jpg
Stuart Welcome Arch from the north: 2011
Stuart Welcome Arch is located in Florida
Stuart Welcome Arch
Stuart Welcome Arch is located in the United States
Stuart Welcome Arch
LocationBet. 2369 and 2390 NE Dixie Hwy, Jensen Beach, Florida
Coordinates27°13′31″N 80°13′13″W / 27.22528°N 80.22028°W / 27.22528; -80.22028Coordinates: 27°13′31″N 80°13′13″W / 27.22528°N 80.22028°W / 27.22528; -80.22028
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectNat C. Hodgdon; A.L. Doenges
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP reference No.04000971[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 15, 2004
Stuart Welcome Arch from the south: 2011
2006 dedication plaque

The Stuart Welcome Arch (also known as the 1926 Welcome Arch or Rio-Jensen Beach Arch) is an historic arch-shaped structure which straddles County Road 707 between 2369 and 2390 Northeast Dixie Highway in Jensen Beach, Florida. It was built in 1926 to mark what was then the town line between the town of Jensen to the north and the town of Stuart to the south. During the Great Depression, the town of Jensen went bankrupt and was dissolved, while the town (now City) of Stuart was forced to relinquish much of its territory north of the St. Lucie River. Today it is located entirely within the unincorporated area of Martin County. It has been restored several times over the years. On September 15, 2004, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

On the side welcoming southbound travelers to Stuart is the phrase, "Atlantic Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico", which commemorates the 1923 opening of the cross-state Stuart to Ft. Myers canal.[2] Local residents would soon lament the degradation of clean waters and sport fishing in the St. Lucie River, after completion of the canal.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Stuart Daily News, 1937.