The Bum Farto Files: What’s In a name?

Key West Fire Chief Joseph “Bum” Farto disappeared Feb. 16, 1976 while awaiting sentencing for a drug trafficking conviction stemming from Operation Conch – a sting operation...

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

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

The Bum Farto Files: A Regular Joe

Key West Fire Chief Joseph “Bum” Farto disappeared Feb. 16, 1976 while awaiting sentencing for a drug trafficking conviction stemming from Operation Conch – a sting operation...

krome’s impact is beyond rail

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 and would grow...

Hurricane interrupts railroad construction, endangers workers

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 southernmost archipelago. The...

Washed out to sea

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 southernmost archipelago. The...

New brickwork strengthens West Martello

West Martello Tower, the centuries-old, red-brick fortress on Key West’s Atlantic waterfront,  hasn’t looked this good, or this strong, since the 1860s, when the Union Army built...
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Pirate Stories!

December 19, in the piratical history books, has been an active one in the shallow waters surrounding the Florida Keys. In 1818, the Emma Sophia, sailing from...
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Accolades for Fern Butters’ Key lime pie, Sombrero (the vanishing) Key & Browne v....

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 was Fern Butters,...
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Celebrating 20 years: Marathon’s roots traced back to property rights

While Marathon earned its moniker from the laborers toiling on the Overseas Railway, property rights were the main catalyst for the incorporation of the Middle Keys hamlet. “You...