Sign near the Houseboats at Garrison Bight - Historic Charterboat Row [D]
The Naked Artist on Caroline Street [D]
Turtle Kraals Museum
"Turtleburgers" were a Key West favorite for years, and this large meat grinder was once used to process meat from the Green Turtles that came through the Key West Turtle Kraals. [D]
Southern Terminus - The Over-Sea Railway
On January 22, 1912, the "Flagler Special" (the first passenger train ever to arrive in Key West) and Henry M. Flagler (Florida's empire builder) were tumultuously welcomed by the largest outpouring of citizens in the City's history. The train's arrival - just a few blocks from this spot - marked the completion of one of the world's most remarkable railroads. For twenty-three years - from 1912 to 1935 - passenger trains were operated on daily schedules between Key West and New York and automobile and train car ferries were operated between Key West and Havana. In 1938, the railroad was converted to the overseas highway. [D]
B.O's Fish Wagon [D]
Memorial to Norberg Thompson
This is a granite memorial to Norberg Thompson (1884-1951) who was the mayor of Key West from 1915-1917. There is a compass rose surrounding the memorial.
The plague reads:
He loved his island city and served as its mayor.
He devoted his life to adding and providing
employment for its people. For over 50 years.
Most of his accomplishments were located
along this harbor.
They included sponging, fishing, shrimping,
ice making, a cigar box factory, gourmet
turtle soup, pineapple and guava canning,
barge and truck lines, etc.
Never heard to brag, he epitomized.
"Greatness has a soft voice" [D]
Key West Historic Seaport
Formerly known as Key West Bight, this once seedy piece of prime waterfront real estate was where shrimpers, spongers, and turtle traders came to unload their daily catch, tell tall tales of the sea, quaff a few brews, and just generally hang out. With the relocation of the shrimp boats to Stock Island and the demise of sponging and turtle hunting, this area has undergone a complete metamorphosis.
In January 1999, it was officially opened as the Key West Historic Seaport and HarborWalk. Tall ships still tie up here - as well as milliondollar yachts. Trendy shops, restaurants, and raw bars now line a pristine wooden board walk that follows the bend of the coastline here from the foot of Front Street to the foot of Margaret Street. Despite gentrification, this remains a busy working marina. [D]
Mac's Sea Garden (HDR)
House on Caroline Street
The Naked Artist on Caroline Street
Pepe's Cafe, established in 1909, is the oldest restaurant in town. This place has quite the history; however, it's on the back of the menu - which means you must go there in order to find out for yourself exactly what that history is :)
This was another fun place to eat - great atmosphere, great staff, great food :)