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Key Biscayne, Florida Historical Markers

 
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By J. Makali Bruton, May 26, 2019
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Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Cause for Conservation
Cause for Conservation "The wild unspoiled beauty of Cape Florida - 510 acres of pines, palms, and beach at the tip of Key Biscayne - has long been hailed...as a natural park and nature reserve." "Eight years ago, The Miami News urged . . . — Map (db m134818) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Dade Heritage Trustís Cape Florida Lighthouse Brick Program
Dade Heritage Trustís Cape Florida Lighthouse Brick Program Dade Heritage Trust is the leading voice for historic preservation in Miami-Dade County. Founded as a nonprofit in 1972, Dade Heritage Trust works to preserve the architectural, . . . — Map (db m134814) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas
In the early 1820's, enslaved Africans, runaways, and "Black Seminoles" seeking freedom from slave catchers and plantation masters, secretly worked their way down to CAPE FLORIDA. They met with bold captains of sloops from the British Bahamas who . . . — Map (db m79723) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Historical Marker #1: The Concession Stand
When Virginia Beach Park officially opened to the public in 1945, a prefabricated "snack bar" was among the site's first amenities. A 1947 hurricane destroyed it. In 1951, this permanent concession stand was constructed. For decades, park and beach . . . — Map (db m120685) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Historical Marker #2 Dance Pavilion
A 1918 map located a "Negro Dance Pavilion" on Virginia Key. When Virginia Key Beach Park opened in 1945, a concrete dance floor was included on this site. Beach visitors danced the Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, Twist, Monkey, Mash Potato, Robot, and Hustle . . . — Map (db m120688) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Homes That Hover
Stiltsville got its start in the 1930s, when "Crawfish" Eddie Walker set up a bait shop on the bay. The area takes its name from the houses built on stilts above the water. By the 1950s and 1960s, it was a popular gathering place for . . . — Map (db m79658) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island
Key Biscayne is a barrier island located at the north end of the reef-strewn Florida Straits. One thousand years before Columbus sailed, the Tequesta inhabited the island. These coastal fishermen navigated dugout canoes between the island . . . — Map (db m79666) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Let It Shine!
The Cape Florida Lighthouse stands today as a reminder of perseverance in the face of hardship. The Cape Florida Lighthouse was built to alert ships as they sailed near the dangerous reefs of the Florida Keys. Constructed in December . . . — Map (db m79720) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage
The original brick dwelling was completed in July 1825: a two story cottage with two rooms on each floor. The lower floor was dirt and the upper floor had only one small window on each end. The kitchen was attched to the back. The first lighthouse . . . — Map (db m80255) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Restoration Hardware
Restoration Hardware Have you ever wondered how people a hundred years from now will know how we lived? Preserving historical structures, such as the Cape Florida Lighthouse, is one way to connect the past with the present. In 1996, the . . . — Map (db m134825) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — Road to Restoration
Road to Restoration Years of weather and wear left the Lighthouse in need of tender love and care. The road to restoration for the Cape Florida Lighthouse was long, but exciting. First, craftsmen laid approximately 23,000 bricks to repair . . . — Map (db m134816) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — The Archaeology of Key Biscayne
The Archaeology of Key Biscayne Archaeologists began work on Key Biscayne in 1985 and have uncovered hundreds of artifacts providing clues of human habitation beginning with the Tequesta Indians and continuing through the mid-nineteenth . . . — Map (db m134806) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — The Bahama Dinghy
the Bahama Dinghy A small study sailing boat was essential for coastal and island residents in a time before roads and bridges. Used for trips to nearby settlements to buy and sell supplies, to transport cargo and people to and from sailing . . . — Map (db m134804) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Key Biscayne — U.S. Coast Survey Base Marker
In 1855, a U.S. Coast Survey team, led by A.D. Bache, the superintendent of the Coast Survey, erected two base markers on Key Biscayne. One is located on what is now the golf course. This one was on land 300 ft. south of the lighthouse, but by 1883, . . . — Map (db m79663) HM

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