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History of Key West, Florida, USA

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Key West, Florida, USA

Key West, Monroe, Florida, USA

Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.

Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was built between 1845 and 1866. Controlled by the Union during the Civil War, the fort was the home base for a successful blockade of Confederate ships that some historians say shortened the conflict by a full year. The fort also was active during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.

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  • 1828 - Key West, Florida founded

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1845 - Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was built between 1845 and 1866.
    Controlled by the Union during the Civil War, the fort was the home base for a successful blockade of Confederate ships that some historians say...Read MORE...


  • 1846 - September hurricane creates inlets on the North Carolina Outer Banks
    Two major inlets on the Outer Banks of North Carolina were cut by a hurricane in September 1846. Later in the year, a severe hurricane struck the...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Key West City
    Key West City, a port of entry and capital of Monroe county, Florida, on a small island of its own name. It is the most populous town of the state,...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Key West
    Key West, a city and port of entry, the capital of Monroe co, Fla., on Thompson's Island, or Bone Key (Sp: Cayo Hueso, ki’o wa'so, whence the name),...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - KEY WEST IN RUINS. Hurricane Which Struck Coast Of Florida Causes Loss Of Millions.
    Great Damage Also Done at Havana and Over Island of Cuba by One of the Worst Storms Since the Disastrous Blow of 1906.

    Key West, Fla. - As a...Read MORE...


  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Turtle Catch, 1910
    Postcard
  • 1912 - Railroads
    Railroads expanded to Key West in 1912, opening new land for development.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html

  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Custom House and Harbor
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Residence Section
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Key West (officially, Keywest), a city, United States naval station, and port of entry, the capital of Monroe co., Fla., on Thompson's Island, or...Read MORE...


  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Seven Mile Bridge Between Key West and Mainland, Fla.
    Postcard
  • News 1919 - September 10 - A hurricane struck the Florida Keys drowning more than 500 persons.

    WeatherForYou.com
    September 10, 1919

  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Key West Colonial Hotel
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Duval Street, Looking North
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Custom House and Post Office
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Birdseye view Cactus Terrace, Key West, Fla.
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Interior of Martello Tower No. 2
    Postcard
  • News 1928 - Explosion Kills One Lighthouse Tender Off Key West Catches Fire When Cook Strikes Matches.
    (By United Press.)
    Key West, Fla., Dec. 27. - The lighthouse tender, Poinsettia, caught fire and exploded at her berth in the navy yard Thursday,...Read MORE...


  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Benny's Cafeteria, 909 Simonton St.
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Duval Street, Looking East
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    The Old Caroline Lowe Home
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Overseas Highway over Pigeon Key, between the Mainland and Key West, Florida
    Postcard
  • 1935 - 'Labor Day' hurricane hits Florida Keys
    This storm slammed into the keys on Sept. 2, then turned north in the southeastern United States. The wind and tides were responsible for 408 deaths...Read MORE...


  • Key West, Florida, USA
    North Beach Inn
    Postcard
  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Overseas Highway Bridge, between the Mainland and Key West, Fla. as Seen from Pigeon Key
    Postcard
  • 1952 - July 17 - Thunderstorms helped the temperature at Key West, FL, to dip to 69 degrees, to equal their July record established on the first of July in 1923.

    The Weather Channel

  • 1960 - September 10 - Hurricane Donna struck the Florida Keys, with winds gusting to 180 mph and a thirteen foot storm surge.

    The Weather Channel

  • Key West, Florida, USA
    Key West 7 Mile Bridge
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  • 1983 - 38 Bridges
    Thirty-eight overseas highway bridges from Key Largo to Key West are completed under the Florida Keys Bridge Replacement Program.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html

  • 2003 - Hijacked
    Plane hijacked in Cuba landed in Key West

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html



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Turtle Catch, 1910
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Custom House and Harbor
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Residence Section
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Seven Mile Bridge Between Key West and Mainland, Fla.
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Key West, Florida, USA
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Birdseye view Cactus Terrace, Key West, Fla.
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Key West Colonial Hotel
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Duval Street, Looking North
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Custom House and Post Office
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Interior of Martello Tower No. 2
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Key West, Florida, USA
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Benny's Cafeteria, 909 Simonton St.
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Key West, Florida, USA
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Overseas Highway over Pigeon Key, between the Mainland and Key West, Florida
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Key West, Florida, USA
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Duval Street, Looking East
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Key West, Florida, USA
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The Old Caroline Lowe Home
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Key West, Florida, USA
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North Beach Inn
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Key West, Florida, USA
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Overseas Highway Bridge, between the Mainland and Key West, Fla. as Seen from Pigeon Key
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Key West 7 Mile Bridge
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  • 1828 - Key West, Florida founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1845 - Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was built between 1845 and 1866.
    Controlled by the Union during the Civil War, the fort was the home base for a successful blockade of Confederate ships that some historians say... Read MORE...

  • 1846 - September hurricane creates inlets on the North Carolina Outer Banks
    Two major inlets on the Outer Banks of North Carolina were cut by a hurricane in September 1846. Later in the year, a severe hurricane struck the... Read MORE...

  • Key West, FL - Travel Thru History


    103 Key West, FL - Travel Thru History Full Episode (www.youtube.com)
  • 1854 - Key West City
    Key West City, a port of entry and capital of Monroe county, Florida, on a small island of its own name. It is the most populous town of the state,... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Key West
    Key West, a city and port of entry, the capital of Monroe co, Fla., on Thompson's Island, or Bone Key (Sp: Cayo Hueso, ki’o wa'so, whence the name),... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - KEY WEST IN RUINS. Hurricane Which Struck Coast Of Florida Causes Loss Of Millions.
    Great Damage Also Done at Havana and Over Island of Cuba by One of the Worst Storms Since the Disastrous Blow of 1906.

    Key West, Fla. - As a... Read MORE...

  • 1912 - Railroads
    Railroads expanded to Key West in 1912, opening new land for development.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html
  • 1916
    Key West (officially, Keywest), a city, United States naval station, and port of entry, the capital of Monroe co., Fla., on Thompson's Island, or... Read MORE...

  • News  1919 - September 10 - A hurricane struck the Florida Keys drowning more than 500 persons.

    WeatherForYou.com
    September 10, 1919
  • News  1928 - Explosion Kills One Lighthouse Tender Off Key West Catches Fire When Cook Strikes Matches.
    (By United Press.)
    Key West, Fla., Dec. 27. - The lighthouse tender, Poinsettia, caught fire and exploded at her berth in the navy yard Thursday,... Read MORE...

  • 1935 - 'Labor Day' hurricane hits Florida Keys
    This storm slammed into the keys on Sept. 2, then turned north in the southeastern United States. The wind and tides were responsible for 408 deaths... Read MORE...

  • 1952 - July 17 - Thunderstorms helped the temperature at Key West, FL, to dip to 69 degrees, to equal their July record established on the first of July in 1923.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1960 - September 10 - Hurricane Donna struck the Florida Keys, with winds gusting to 180 mph and a thirteen foot storm surge.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1983 - 38 Bridges
    Thirty-eight overseas highway bridges from Key Largo to Key West are completed under the Florida Keys Bridge Replacement Program.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html
  • 2003 - Hijacked
    Plane hijacked in Cuba landed in Key West

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html

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