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The Florida Keys are a chain of islands located at the southeastern
tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles south of Miami, and
extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key
West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited
Dry Tortugas. The islands lie along the Florida Straits, dividing
the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west,
and defining one edge of Florida Bay. At the nearest point, the
southern tip of Key West is just 94 miles from Cuba. The Florida
Keys are between about 23.5 and 25.5 degrees North latitude, in
the subtropics. The climate of the Keys however, is defined as
tropical. More than 95% of the land area lies in Monroe County,
but a small portion extends northeast into Miami-Dade County, primarily
in the city of Islandia, Florida. The total land area is 137.3
square miles. As of the 2000 census the population was 79,535,
with an average density of 579.27 per square mile, although much
of the population is concentrated in a few areas of much higher
density, such as the city of Key West, which has 32% of the entire
population of the Keys.
The city of Key West is the county seat of Monroe County, which
consists of a section on the mainland which is almost entirely
in Everglades National Park, and the Keys islands from Key Largo
to the Dry Tortugas.
The Keys were originally inhabited by Calusa and Tequesta Native
Americans. They were later found and charted by Juan Ponce de León. "Key" is
corrupted from the Spanish Cayo, meaning small island. For many
years, Key West was the largest town in Florida, and it grew prosperous
on wrecking. The isolated outpost was well located for trade with
Cuba, the Bahamas, and was on the main trade route from New Orleans.
Improved navigation led to fewer shipwrecks, and Key West went
into a decline in the late nineteenth century. A legend says that
shipwreckers removed navigational markers from shallow areas to
strand unsuspecting captains ashore.
The Keys were long accessible only by water. This changed with
the completion of Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway in the early
1910s. Flagler, a major developer of Florida's Atlantic coast,
extended his Florida East Coast Railway down to Key West with an
ambitious series of over-sea railroad trestles.
Seven Mile Bridge
One of the longest bridges when it was built, the Seven Mile Bridge
connects Knight's Key (part of the city of Marathon in the Middle
Keys) to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. The piling-supported
concrete bridge is 35,862 ft (10,931 m) or 6.79 miles long. The
current bridge bypasses Pigeon Key, a small island that housed
workers building Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway in
the 1900s, that the original Seven Mile Bridge crossed. A 2.2-mile
section of the old bridge remains for access to the island, although
it was closed to vehicular traffic on March 4, 2008. The aging
structure has been deemed unsafe by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Costly repairs, estimated to be as much as $34 million, were expected
to begin in July 2008. Monroe County was unable to secure a $17
million loan through the state infrastructure bank, delaying work
for at least a year. On June 14, 2008, the old bridge section leading
to Pigeon Key was closed to fishing as well. While still open to
pedestrians - walking, biking and jogging - if the bridge were
closed altogether, only a ferry subsidized by FDOT and managed
by the county would transport visitors to the island.
After the destruction of the Keys railway by the Labor Day Hurricane
of 1935, the railroad bridges, including the Seven Mile Bridge,
were converted to automobile roadways. U.S. 1 runs the length of
the Keys and up the East Coast to Maine; the Keys section is also
called the Overseas Highway.
Islands of the Upper Florida Keys:
Key Largo is an island in the upper Florida Keys and, at 33 miles
long, the largest of the Keys. It is also the northernmost of the
Florida Keys in Monroe County, and the northernmost of the Keys
connected by U.S. Highway 1 (the Overseas Highway). Its earlier
Spanish name was Cayo Largo, meaning Long Key.
Key Largo is connected to the mainland in Miami-Dade County by
two routes. The Overseas Highway, which is U.S. Highway 1, enters
Key Largo at Jewfish Creek near the middle of the island and turns
southwest. Card Sound Road connects to the northern part of Key
Largo at Card Sound Bridge and runs southeastward to connect with
County Road 905, which runs southwest and joins U.S. 1 at about
mile marker 106. These routes originate at Florida City on the
Key Largo is a popular tourist destination and calls itself the "Diving
Capital of the World" because the living coral reef a few miles
offshore attracts thousands of scuba divers and sport-fishing enthusiasts.
Visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State
Key Largo's proximity to the Everglades also makes it a premier
destination for kayakers and ecotourists. This also has an effect
on Key Largo Real Estate values
The island gained fame as the setting for the 1948 Humphrey Bogart-Lauren
Bacall film Key Largo, although it was filmed entirely on a Warner
Brothers sound stage in Hollywood. Plantation
Key is an island
in the upper Florida Keys and is located between MM 91 and MM 85.5.
It became part of the Village of Islamorada when the latter incorporated
in 1997. Plantation Key once was the home of a large Indian mound
and was named from its history of Pineapple Plantations. Plantation
Key became the center for Monroe County Upper Keys government activities
and is so today.
Windley Key is an island in the upper Florida Keys and is located
between MM 84 and MM8 5.5. It is also part of the Village of Islamorada
as of November 4, 1997, when it was incorporated. Windley Key is
home to Theater of the Sea, a popular tourist attraction since
1946. The popular Holiday Isle resort and a Florida State Park
Service geological site are also on the island.
Upper Matecumbe Key is an island in the upper Florida Keys and
is located between MM 79 and MM 83.5 All of the key is within the
Village of Islamorada as of November 4, 1997, when it was incorporated.
The history of the names of both this key and Lower Matecumbe Key
are very confusing, as identical names have been used at different
times to designate both keys. Upper Matecumbe Key is the location
of the original settlement site of Islamorada. There are a number
of Indian mounds and habitation sites located here.
Lignumvitae Key is an island in the upper Florida Keys and is
located due north of, and less than one mile from the easternmost
tip of Lower Matecumbe Key. The island has the Keys' highest point
above sea level of 19 feet, which beats the island of Key West's
Solares Hill by 1 foot (0.30 m). This dark green island is covered
in rare tropical hardwoods such as the island's namesake, Holywood
Lignum-vitae. On March 2, 1971 Lignum Vitae and nearby Shell Keys
were purchased by the State of Florida, and Lignum Vitae became
Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Park.
Lower Matecumbe Key is an island in the upper Florida Keys and
is located on U.S. 1 between MM 75 and MM 78. All of the key is
within the Village of Islamorada as of November 4, 1997, when it
was incorporated. It is home to the main base of the Florida National
High Adventure Sea Base. This key is the site of a number of Indian
mounds and middens, most of which were destroyed during the building
of the Overseas Railroad. A number of natural wells were also located
here, at the northeast end of the key. These wells were well known
to early seafaring men as the most reliable source of fresh water
in the Keys. They, too were destroyed during the railroad era,
and the location of their site has been lost. The southwestern
end of the key is the site of a former sand mining operation.
Islands of the Middle Florida Keys:
Craig Key • Fiesta Key • Long
Key • Conch Key • Duck
Key • Grassy
Key • Crawl Key • Long Point Key • Fat
Deer Key • Key Vaca • Marathon • Key Colony Beach • Boot
Key • Knight's Key
Islands of the Lower Florida Keys:
Pigeon Key • Money Key • Little Duck Key • Missouri
Key • Ohio Key • Sunshine Key • Bahia Honda Key • Spanish
Harbor Key • West Summerland
Key • No Name Key • Big
Pine Key (CDP) • Little
Torch Key • Middle Torch Key • Big
Torch Key • Ramrod Key • Summerland Key • Knockemdown
Key • Cudjoe Key • Sugarloaf Key • Park Key • Lower
Sugarloaf Key • Saddlebunch Keys • Shark Key • Geiger
Key • Big Coppitt Key • Big Coppitt Key (CDP) • East
Rockland Key • Rockland Key • Boca Chica Key • Raccoon
Key • Stock Island • Stock Island • Key
West • Sigsbee
Park • Fleming Key • Sunset Key • Wisteria Island
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