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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM26PH_highway-piers_Islamorada-FL.html
The veterans of World War I were promised a bonus but due to the Great Depression of the early 1930s the government was without funds. Roosevelt was president and formed the Florida Emergency Relief Administration to create jobs for those out o…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM20S8_state-road-4a_Summerland-Key-FL.html
The first Overseas Highway, also known as State Road 4A (SR 4A), consisted of two roadway segments both completed by 1928. One spanned from Key West to No Name Key, and the other from Key Largo to Upper Matecumbe Key. Ferries transported cars betw…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WVP_fort-taylor-historical_Key-West-FL.html
Fort Taylor was constructed in 1845 as part of the Third Tier System of Defense which called for the establishment of masonry fortresses constructed along America's coastline to prevent sea attacks upon the United States. This fort was an importan…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WSS_basilica-of-st-mary-star-of-the-sea-historical_Key-West-FL.html
Welcome to the oldest Roman Catholic Parish in South Florida. There is evidence that Spanish Jesuits serving in Cuba first attempted to establish a mission in Key West as early as 1724.The first Catholic Church on the island was dedicated February…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WSR_convent-of-mary-immaculate-historical_Key-West-FL.html
Built by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a Canadian Order which first established a school here in 1868. Designed by William Kerr of Ireland, of Romanesque style, with dormered, mansard roofs and central tower. In the Spanish- Ame…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WSQ_eduardo-h-gato-house-historical_Key-West-FL.html
This house, with its elaborate Queen Anne style detailing, was built c. 1894 by E. H. Gato, Sr. (1847-1926). The Gato family was one of Key West's most prominent families, and three generations of the family lived here until 1951. Eduardo H. Gato …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WSP_war-of-1898-historical_Key-West-FL.html
(side 1) In April of 1898 it was graciously offered and converted to a 400 bed United States Army Hospital for the treatment of soldiers and sailors, ill with dangerous tropical diseases or wounded in battle, during Cuba's War of Independence. …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WGX_cornish-memorial-ame-zion-church-historical_Key-West-FL.html
Founded in 1864, Cornish Chapel members began building their church in 1885. Designed to resemble European cathedrals, it served as a place of worship, school, and refuge during inclement weather. The foundation was quarried from the site and its …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1W55_navy-days-at-fort-jefferson-historical_Key-West-FL.html
In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine sailed from this anchorage to her destruction in La Habana harbor. "Remember the Maine" became the rallying cry for the Spanish-American War that followed. The anchorage served the navy through World Wa…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1W54_the-dry-tortugas-home-to-a-myriad-of-life-historical_Key-West-FL.html
These coral islands surrounded by warm water are ideal habitats for birds, turtles, shellfish, coral, fish, and other form of ocean life. Nearby Bush Key is a spectacle of sooty and noddy terns during their March to September nesting season. View …
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