‘This Week on the Island’ is written by Doug Bennett and is an update
to friends about happenings in Key West last week. Everything is true except
for those parts that are lies.
Forcast for next 3 months: Hot and humid with a chance for showers. Maybe a
Hurricane or two.
this week was ‘Tanzi Heat’ by C. I. Dennis.
happening this week. Lots of rain and warnings of a possible hurricane coming
has kept the island fairly empty.
SO: (click the pics to enlarge).
old maps. This is Key West in 1850. Think of it as just before the Civil War.
in the center of the picture was a salt pond and today would have been on Green Street and
behind Sloppy Joe’s. The ocean filled the pond at high tide and then the
channel was block. The water evaporated and the salt that was left was sold to
preserve meat, etc. The channel going to the ocean would have been about where
Conch Republic Seafood is now.
1920: 70 years later.
round fuel tanks in the lower front of the picture is where the Sunset Pier
Hotel sits now. The street just to the left of the fuel tanks is Duval Street. The
pier to the left of Duval Street is where the Pier House is now.
tanks are still here, but down the water front to the right the first little
square of water is where the Key West Aquarium is now. There is a bridge over
this water now and it goes from Mallory Square to the Westin Hotel. The four
roofs where the hotel is now has the Customs House behind it and to the right
of the Customs House is the current Mel Fisher Museum.
is where the Key West Bight is now. You can tell from the muddy water that they
are in the process of ‘dredge and fill’ to build the shoreline we have today.
Nothing here should look very familiar as the area we know has not been built
yet. The road to the far left is Trumbo Road and the structure at the bottom
of the picture is the land built by Flagler for the railroad. That area
belongs to the military now.
Hope you enjoyed a little pictorial history of the island of Key West.
the Key West we currently know and love.
you have got to love it
'Close to Perfect, far from Normal’
Lat 24.5591N, Long 81.8016W