KEYS HISTORY: A 1920S ANTI-MOSQUITO MOVEMENT SWELLS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

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Before diving into this 20th-century mosquito story, I need to backtrack. In last week’s 19th-century mosquito story, I referred to yellow fever and malaria as the same....

MOSQUITO MISERY: FLYING BLOOD-SUCKERS STIRRED LONG HOLLOW TOOTH INTO KEYS HISTORY

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These days, the small island in the Atlantic shallows off of the Matecumbe Keys is home to Indian Key Historic State Park. Bahamian sailors called it Kay...

EXOTIC PET TRADE BROUGHT INVASIVE GUESTS TO THE FLORIDA KEYS

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As a kid who grew up hunting snakes and catching lizards, I find South Florida and the Keys to be something of a reptilian mecca. It is...

KEYS HISTORY: A TUSSLE OVER A SHIP SALVAGE

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Working with history is always a learning process. I think it is pretty safe to say that when it comes to history, you only know as much...

KEYS HISTORY: HURRICANE DISRUPTS HIGHWAY & VETERAN WORK CAMPS

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Editor’s Note: This is the final in a two-part series on the history behind the arrival of veterans and their contributions to the Florida Keys through the...

KEYS HISTORY: PRESERVING OLD WATER COLLECTION SYSTEMS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

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Several months ago, I was invited to one of the local Key Largo schools to talk with some students about the use of cisterns in early pioneer...

KEYS HISTORY: SHARK PROCESSING PLANT BROUGHT TALES & SMELLS TO BIG PINE KEY

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Big Pine Key is found a couple of islands south (or really west) of the Seven Mile Bridge, and is one of the Lower Keys. It is...

KEYS HISTORY: THIS ISLAND WAS KNOWN FOR PIGEON FLOCKS & A RAILROAD WORKER HUB

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In the Florida Keys, we all have our favorite islands. My favorite, Indian Key, has an incredible story, and I have written an inordinate number of columns...

KEYS HISTORY: UNRELIABLE FERRIES PROMPT ROAD CONSTRUCTION BETWEEN ISLANDS

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The Key West Extension of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway did not bring loads of tourists to the island chain. The building of State Road 4A,...

KEYS HISTORY: ISLAND CONFLICTS LEAD TO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

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Monroe County has seen significant change over the last 200 years, and has been affected by a few wars. Maybe the first was the Seminole War which...

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