Florida Keys Weekly

Historic Markers


Monday, March 5th, 2012

The humble cigar in a proud man’s hands can change history

When the Cuban insurrection erupted in 1895, Arturo Fuente, a young seven year old from the small Cuban town of Guines was caught up in the revolutionary struggles of his countrymen against the ruling Spanish government. In 1898 the human outcry from the atrocities of the Spanish Colonial rule of Cuba led to the Spanish

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Under the Water

Lately, we have heard a lot of plans for the Truman Annex property fronted by the Outer Mole Pier harbor. There are a number of plans to turn the land and protected waters into an upscale marina, park,...

Monday, February 6th, 2012

You Will Never Catch Me

Probably the most photographed inhabitants of Key West are the multicolored, strutting, crowing roosters seen all over town. Most of the roosters, hens and their offspring are wild but are a routine sight and sound on the...

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Pass the Neff, Please

Key West has seen many industries come and go, but one of the first industries in Key West capitalized on the very few natural resources we have on the island – sea salt. Salt has been a...

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

If you count Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, Key West has four Civil War era forts. The largest fortification on the island is Fort Taylor. It started as a water-bound structure, built 1,000 feet off the...

Friday, January 13th, 2012

“I Didn’t Mean to Stay”

You know the quintessential story about coming to Key West for vacation and never leaving… That, coupled with an opportunity to recreate oneself, can be applied to a large part of our community. Some of our ancestors...

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Beginning Where You End

If you have been following the column recently, you probably notice the Curry family name surfaces periodically. The mansion on the South West corner of Duval and Caroline Streets was originally built as a two-story house in...

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Change is Good

You have probably used, or know someone who has used, a GPS map system to find the best route to a given destination. The new technology is a great comfort to the directionally challenged or if exploring...

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