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Brad Bertelli

Brad Bertelli
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Brad Bertelli is curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada.

Key West Doctor brought smallpox vaccines and the postal service to...

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Dr. Henry Waterhouse and his son left their home in Vermont hoping the warmer climates found in the West Indies would help to fortify...

krome’s impact is beyond rail

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William Julius Krome was born on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1876, in Edwardsville, Illinois. The oldest of seven children, William was the lone son...

Hurricane interrupts railroad construction, endangers workers

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The decision to run the Key West Extension of Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad from the mainland to Key West altered the future of Florida’s...

Washed out to sea

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The decision to run the Key West Extension of Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad from the mainland to Key West altered the future of Florida’s...
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Pirate Stories!

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December 19, in the piratical history books, has been an active one in the shallow waters surrounding the Florida Keys. In 1818, the Emma...
Keys History - A close up of text on a white background - Document

Accolades for Fern Butters’ Key lime pie, Sombrero (the vanishing) Key...

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Accolades for Fern Butters’ Key lime pie  While the lovely Barbara Cockerham is Islamorada’s current Key Lime Pie Lady, she was not the first.  The original...
’35 storm most powerful ever - 1935 Labor Day hurricane

’35 storm most powerful ever

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The Category 5 1935 Labor Day Hurricane is still the most powerful storm ever to strike North America. While the killer hurricane accounted for...
Keys History: Attack at Indian Key – From settlement to community – Politics rears its head - A man wearing a suit and tie - Florida Keys

Keys History: Attack at Indian Key – From settlement to community...

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Attack at Indian Key – Upper Keys History In the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 1840, some 130 Indians paddled out to Indian Key and...
Pirates? Aye, but… - A group of people sitting at a desk - Florida Keys

Pirates? Aye, but…

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 It seems as if pirates and the Florida Keys should go together like rum and lime. And they do, in the sense that stories...
Railroad workers transported to work site - A group of people in a boat on a body of water - Heavy cruiser

Railroad workers transported to work site

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Marathon History Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines peonage as 1. a) the use of laborers bound in servitude because of debt, and b) a system of convict...