KEYS HISTORY: LANTERN FUEL PUTS LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS LIVES AT RISK

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The story reprinted in the Boston Globe on Nov. 22, 1896, originally appeared in the New York Sun. Jacob Bethel was visiting New York City from the...

OPPORTUNITIES & DANGERS OF FLORIDA TREATY’S KEYS ACQUISITION

When the United States acquired the Florida Territory, it was a bigger version of Florida than is mapped today. During British ownership (1763-1783), the territory was divided...

KEYS HISTORY: CIGARS & FARMING APLENTY

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It is difficult to tell a Key West or a Key Largo story without telling a Florida Keys story. What time has done is produce a system of...

KEYS HISTORY: ETCHING KEYS TREASURE HUNTERS INTO HISTORY

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Art “Silver Bar” McKee is a celebrated Florida Keys treasure hunter. He was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on Nov. 2, 1910, and always loved the water.  As...

KEYS HISTORY: A NEW SPANISH FLEET MYSTERY

Hurricane warnings: sometimes you listen and sometimes you do not This time of year always makes me a little anxious. Not only is it hurricane season, but it...

KEYS HISTORY: FLAGLER’S DREAM COMES TO STORMY END

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Henry Flagler arrived in Key West on Jan. 22, 1912. Thousands attended the heralded event. One of those attendees was a 12-year-old boy named Marvin Thompson. Decades...

KEYS HISTORY: CAPTAIN BAKER’S PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

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In the mid to late 1800s, Captain Ben Baker was the King of the Florida Wreckers. His 13-ton, three-masted schooner “Rapid” was the pride of the Baker...

WRECKER KING OF INDIAN KEY: A LOOK AT JOHN JACOB HOUSMAN

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John Jacob Housman was born in 1799 on Staten Island, New York. The son of an oysterman, he was one of nine children. As a young man,...

SPOILER: FIRING A CANNON AT A WATERSPOUT DOESN’T STOP IT

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Darien, Georgia, is the second oldest planned city in Georgia. Located on the Atlantic coast, Darien is situated at the mouth of the Altamaha River. It is...

HOW A KEY VACA CONSTRUCTION PROJECT LED TO THE TROPICAL HOTEL

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The American period begins with the Adams-Onis Treaty that transferred the Florida Territory from Spanish ownership in 1821. Indian Key is a small 11-acre island in the...
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