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Historical Markers in Islamorada, Florida

 
Clickable Map of Monroe County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Monroe County, FL (293) Collier County, FL (49) Miami-Dade County, FL (206)  MonroeCounty(293) Monroe County (293)  CollierCounty(49) Collier County (49)  Miami-DadeCounty(206) Miami-Dade County (206)
Key West is the county seat for Monroe County
Islamorada is in Monroe County
      Monroe County (293)  
ADJACENT TO MONROE COUNTY
      Collier County (49)  
      Miami-Dade County (206)  
 
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1 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Geological History of the Florida KeysHeritage Monument Trail, Matacumbe Historical Trust
Over the past several million years, the seas have risen and fallen many times. There were times when Florida became very small and even disappeared due to being covered by water. What we know as Florida is only the top of a larger area, known as . . . Map (db m225802) HM
2 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Green Turtle Inn
In 1928 the Rustic Inn was built to serve enthusiastic tourists traveling the Florida Keys on the new rail and highway systems. The Inn was one of the few structures left standing after the "Great Hurricane" of 1935. It was later repaired and . . . Map (db m150490) HM
3 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Highway Piers
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 . . . Map (db m116064) HM
4 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Hurricane Houses
After the 'Great Hurricane' of 1935, the Red Cross and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed 16 houses for Islamorada area families. Built to be 'hurricane proof,' they consisted of poured concrete and steel. Several hurricane houses . . . Map (db m151492) HM
5 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Hurricane Monument
The veterans of World War I, under the Florida Emergency Relief Administration, were building piers in channel 2, just below Lower Matecumbe, when the greatest storm ever hit this part of the Keys. The 200-plus mile per hour winds with a barometer . . . Map (db m151493) HM
6 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Indian KeyHistoric Plaque
Indian Key, an 11 acre island just offshore to the east, played an important part in Florida's history. An Indian village 1500 years ago, it was also the home of pirates roaming the Caribbean, and a ship wrecker's village during the 1810's. The . . . Map (db m176361) HM
7 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Indian Key Historic State Park
Native Americans began occupying Indian Key by approximately A.D. 1000. It was visited by the Spanish during the 17th century, and a trading post had been established on the island by the early 19th century. The island was acquired by Jacob . . . Map (db m224711) HM
8 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Indian Wells
These wells were surrounded by an Indian village over 1000 years ago. The Spanish used the wells to replace their water supply before crossing to the mother country. This site was a salvage camp to recover the treasure from the Spanish galleons . . . Map (db m241229) HM
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9 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Islamorada Baptist Church
During the "Great Hurricane" of 1935, the Matecumbe Methodist Church was destroyed. It was originally located near the beach on the Atlantic side of Upper Matecumbe Key. In 1937 the congregation built a new wooden church adjacent to the Hurricane . . . Map (db m150491) HM
10 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Juan Ponce de Leon
Juan Ponce de Leon was born in San Servas, Spain in 1460. He had served in the Spanish army and had accompanied Christopher Columbus in his second voyage in 1491. He was appointed governor of Haiti in 1511 and governor of Puerto Rico in 1512. . . . Map (db m83555) HM
11 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Native AmericansHeritage Monument Trail, Matacumbe Historical Trust
When the Europeans arrived in America, two tribes of Indians were found in Florida, the Calusa and the Tequesta. These tribes emerged from the Archaic Period (the time when Florida became subtropical, around 5000 B.C.). The Calusa was the largest . . . Map (db m222295) HM
12 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Pioneer Cemetery
This cemetery memorializes the determination and vision of over 50 pioneer Anglo-Bahamian Conchs who labored to settle and organize the first community on Matecumbe Key. Descendants of three Islamorada pioneer families, the Russells who homesteaded . . . Map (db m150493) HM
13 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Plantation Key
Plantation Key was named for the many pineapple plantations in the early 1900s. Johnny Brush Pinder owned one of these containing over 100 acres. It was here on the beach in front of his home that he built the schooner "Island Home'. It was launched . . . Map (db m149435) HM
14 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Rafters
This plaque is in memory of the many Cubans who were desperate to leave Castros' communist Cuba. They left their homes and families trying to cross the 90 miles of sea in rafts, innertubes or anything that would float. Not knowing what rough . . . Map (db m83553) HM
15 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Road and Ferry
In April, 1926, Monroe County began construction of a road on the east end of Upper Matecumbe to connect with other islands. It eventually made it possible to drive to Key West by using a ferry. The first car drove to Key West on Jan. 25 1928 . . . Map (db m83879) HM
16 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve
The Vessel, San Pedro, was part of the Spanish colonial convoy system of the 1700s. These ships carried gold, silver and other goods from the new world back to Spain. After leaving Cuba on July 13, 1733, a hurricane forced the fleet towards the . . . Map (db m224717) HM
17 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Site of Camp Three
Established in 1934, during the Great Depression, Camp Three housed 250 Bonus Army veterans until September 2, 1935 when one of the worst hurricanes ever recorded destroyed everything there. The eye of the hurricane passed over nearby Craig Key with . . . Map (db m83592) HM
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18 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Site of Islamorada Railway Station
The south side of this property contained Robert's Grocery and the second post office. Today this is the site of the sixth post office. Across the highway, the original "Village of Islamorada" meaning "Island Home" was platted and named by William . . . Map (db m150460) HM
19 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1733
On Friday, July 13, 1733, the Spanish treasure fleet under the command of General Don Rodrigo de Torres Morales, sailed from Havana Harbor for Spain. The fleet of 21 ships was loaded with gold and silver from the mine at Cartagena, Peruvian . . . Map (db m83550) HM
20 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Tea Table Key
Indians lived on this island over 1000 years ago. In 1722, it was known as Boys Island. In Dec., 1838, Lt. Coste established a Naval base here and named it Ft. Paulding. This was the base for the West Indian Squadron used to blockade the coast to . . . Map (db m176362) HM
21 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Tea Table Key
Like nearby Upper and Lower Matecumbe and Indian Keys, Tea Table Key was occupied by native Americans during prehistoric times. The early inhabitants settled here to take advantage of the abundance of maritime resources available in the area. . . . Map (db m224714) HM
22 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — The Early Settlers of Upper Matecumbe Key — Heritage Monument Trail, Matacumbe Historical Trust —
Upper Matecumbe Key has been inhabited periodically since about 2000 B.C. Much has changed on the island, but the climate, the sea, and the relaxed lifestyle continue. Island Natives Long before European settlement of Florida, Upper . . . Map (db m224647) HM
23 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — The Florida Keys MemorialHeritage Monument Trail, Matacumbe Historical Trust
The Florida Keys Memorial The "Hurricane Monument" memorializes hundreds of American veterans and local citizens who died in the "Great Hurricane" of 1935. The cremated remains of approximately 300 veterans and local citizens were . . . Map (db m222363) HM
24 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — The Railway That Went To Sea — Heritage Monument Trail, Matacumbe Historical Trust —
The "Overseas Railroad" was a masterpiece of engineering, proclaimed the "eighth wonder of the world." In 1904 Henry M. Flagler, oil magnate, hotelier, and owner of the Florida East Coast Railway, coined the battle cry for his engineers, "Go to . . . Map (db m224640) HM
25 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — The Spanish Treasure FleetsHeritage Monument Trail, Matacumbe Historical Trust
The Spanish Treasure Fleets From the time Columbus discovered the New World in 1492, the Spanish transported goods back to Spain. Gold, silver, emeralds, and other riches were now transported on Spanish ships across the ocean . . . Map (db m222237) HM
26 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — The Storm that Still HowlsHeritage Monument Trail, Matacumbe Historical Trust
The Storm that Still Howls With winds in excess of 200-mph, the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 was the most intense storm ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere and was the first known Category 5 storm. The full force of the deadly . . . Map (db m224629) HM
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27 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — The Sweeting House
The great Labor Day hurricane of Sept. 2, 1935 destroyed almost every building in the Matecumbes. The W.P.A. and the Red Cross built hurricane proof houses for the families whose homes were destroyed. The walls are 12" thick with steel and . . . Map (db m151490) HM
28 Florida, Monroe County, Islamorada — Triangle of History
1. North East end Lower Matecumbe Key - Ancient Water Wells - only fresh water on Upper Keys - Used by Indians, Sailors and Traders in XVII Century. Huge Indian Midden (Kitchen) near Wells. 2. Indian Key - Spanish Trading Post - established by . . . Map (db m83862) HM
 
 
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