“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Islamorada, Florida Historical Markers

Highway Piers Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image, Touch for more information
By Cosmos Mariner, April 18, 2012
Highway Piers Marker (tall view)
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
Florida (Monroe County), Islamorada — Historic 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 m83557) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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 m83541) HM
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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