Harry Truman - Little White House  LbNA # 8158 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMay 6 2004
LocationKey West, FL
Planted ByWyldBlueberries    
Found By The Gamecock
Last Found Apr 21 2005
Hike Distance?

6/15/2005 Update: Reported missing.

Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. To celebrate what would have been his 120th birthday, we have created the "Harry Truman" letterbox series. These four boxes celebrate various parts of President Truman's life.

This is the fourth box in the Harry Truman series.

"...I've a notion to move the capitol to Key West and just stay." Letter to Bess Truman in 1949

President Truman first visited the sparse naval base quarters at 111 Front Street on doctor’s orders during the winter of 1946. He felt right at home in Key West, and spent 175 days there during his presidency. While staying in Key West, he often went swimming on the beach that now is part of Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park - the best beach in Key West.


(Bicycles are great for this hunt, although you can also do it on foot or by car.)

- Start at Mallory Square. Go South on Front Street until you reach the entrance to Truman's Little White house at 111 Front Street.

- If you have time, stop in at the Little White House and look around or take the tour. A lot of history has happened at this beautiful little house. They are open 8-5 and the tour is $10 per person.

Directions to box:

- From the Little White House, go South on Front Street. It will turn into Emma Street.

- After a few blocks, you will reach Southard Street. Turn Right on Southard.

- Go a few blocks on Southard until it dead-ends at the gate of the state park. Enter the park (admission is $1.50 per person if you are on foot or bike).

- After you enter the park, follow the road around a few bends. You will see the parking lot for the Fort on your right. There are restrooms, and a bike trail.

- On the left side of the parking lot, you will see a sign for the Nature Trail. Enter the trail here.

- Walk down the trail until the trail splits in front of a tree. Take the path to the left.

- When you reach the wooden steps, climb to the top and turn left.

- Walk along the top of the ridge. You will pass a sign on your right pointing out the Gumbo Limbo tree, and then a stone bench, also on your right.

- About 20 feet past the turnoff for the stone bench, there are twin palms on your right. The box is hidden at the base of the second palm tree, under palm husk and coral.