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The Monroe Station

The Monroe Station is a historic gas station in Ochopee, Florida, located at the junction of Tamiami Trail and Loop Road. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in May 2000.

Monroe Station served as a way point for people using U.S. 41 to cross the Big Cypress Swamp between Miami and Naples. Built in 1925, it was used as a way station, restaurant, and boarding house for early travelers, including famous gangster, Al Capone.

The building has changed hands many times and was used in the filming of “Gone Fishing” staring Danny Glover and Joe Pesci in 1997. Shortly after, the station was closed for good. Monroe Station is now boarded up and empty.

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This article was contributed by in August 2012 and updated in May 2014. It has been viewed 1,481 times.

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