Perky's Bat Tower


Perky's Bat Tower is located in Key West, Florida. It was built in 1929 by Richter C. Perky. His intention was to control the mosquito population in the area by letting bats live in the house. Perky purchased the plans for the tower from Nobel Peace Prize nominee and pioneer of bat studies, Dr. Charles Campbell, a resident of Texas. Campbell called his tower the Hygiostatic Bat Roost and intended to stop the spread of malaria in the United States and throughout the world. For awhile, the bats occupied the condo he had built for them, but they eventually flew away and never returned. In addition to the tower in Key West, there are Campbell bat towers in Comfort, Texas and Orange Texas at the Shangri-La Gardens. There were originally fourteen towers around the world. Some of the original fourteen towers are in the process of being rebuilt to be put back into use. The Key West tower was used as a setting in the novel Torpedo Juice written by Tim Dorsey. Perky's Bat Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with several other locations in Monroe County including the George Adderley House, the Chavez Shipwreck Site, the Cane Patch and the US Naval Station.

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