Key West in History

Key West in

Key West is a unique travel destination whose history is so rich, it can be confusing for first-time visitors. Tourists walk through a mix of nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first‒century historic homes and attractions in a blur of fascinating impressions. They get no clear picture of the evolution of the city from its beginnings to the present and no sense of how all of the sites fit into history nor of the significance of Key West in American social, military, and intellectual history. Key West in History changes all of that. More than a typical, site-by-site guidebook, this book presents over 50 Key West sites in historical context—an invaluable resource for the visitor or student who wants a deeper understanding of how the city represents different eras of American and Floridian history, and how specific sites reflect important periods and trends in the past. Each chapter describes the events of a period of Key West history, and is accompanied by photographs of selected sites that represent that period.< < Previous in seriesNext in series > >See all of the books in this series

  • ASIN: 1561647969

The Streets of Key West: A History Through Street Names

The Streets of Key West: A History Through

Simonton, Duval, Eaton, Whitehead, Southard, Truman—if you discover how these Key West streets, and all the others, came by their names, you will know much of the history of this little island at the nethermost end of the continental United States. You will learn of the rise and fall and rise again of the fortunes of this island town, which has played such a rich role in the history of the country as a whole. The author starts each section with an engaging history of the person for whom the street is named. Then he takes us along the street, pointing out the buildings and sites of historic interest along the way. This method builds and reinforces our grasp of Key West's history as the island is crisscrossed with sites that evoke nearly every aspect of its past. What emerges is a unique and quirky history of Key West, as well as a fascinating guide to wandering its streets, boulevards, alleys, and lanes.

  • ASIN: 1561647306

Key West: History of an Island of Dreams

Key West: History of an Island of

Parrotheads, Hemingway aficionados, and sun worshipers view Key West as a tropical paradise, and scores of writers have set tales of mystery and romance on the island. The city’s real story—told by Maureen Ogle in this lively and engaging illustrated account—is as fabulous as fiction. In the two centuries since the city’s pioneer founders battled Indians, pirates, and deadly disease, Key West has stood at the crossroads of American history. In 1861, Union troops seized control of strategically located Key West. In the early 1890s, Key West Cubans helped José Martí launch the Cuban revolution, and a few years later the battleship Maine steamed out of Key West harbor on its last, tragic voyage. At the turn of the century, a technological marvel—the overseas railroad—was built to connect mainland Florida to Key West, and in the 1920s and 1930s, painters, rumrunners, and writers (including Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost) discovered Key West. During World War II, the federal government and the military war machine permanently altered the island’s landscape, and in the second half of the 20th century, bohemians, hippies, gays, and jet-setters began writing a new chapter in Key West’s social history.

  • Brand: University Press of Florida
  • ASIN: 0813029937

Key West & the Lower Keys Travel Guide

Key West & the Lower Keys Travel

Winner Best Travel Book - American Book Fest Winner of Excellence in Craft Award from Florida Outdoor Writers Association Finalist Best Interior Graphic Design  - American Book Fest   Named the “Most Excellent Place to Travel Worldwide” by Tripadvisor, the peculiar tropical paradise at the end of the road draws millions of visitors, but many miss out on its true spirit and hidden places. Now, you won't endure such a fate. This 288-page, full-color guide enlightens and entertains, whether you're escaping here for a weekend, a lifetime, or are simply planning an armchair journey from afar.   Inside, find hundreds of local picks for lodging, food, bars, and attractions, all while taking an honest, unpredictable literary voyage through obscure hideouts, tall tales, local food, and nature. Basically this is a guide by locals, set to the spirit of the Keys.

  • ASIN: 0998858927

Key West Collection

Key West

When Dorothy Raymer retired from the Key West Citizen, the editor of the local weekly, Solares Hill, asked her to write about her crazier times on the island. He wanted articles longer and more colorful than the daily could publish. Dorothy took to her new task with a sense of humor, a large helping of mischief, and great insight to the Island City's social scene. This book collects 25 of those articles. Subjects as varied as guest rides on Navy submarines, legendary houses of ill repute, the author's close friendship with Tennessee Williams, beach nudity, street people, and Harry Truman offer a broad scope on recent Key West history. Included are a dozen images by noted photographer and mystery writer Tom Corcoran.

  • Brand: Brand: The Ketch n Yawl Press
  • ASIN: 0964173549

Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West

Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key

“A tall but telescopic-sight-true tale of Hunter Thompson, Jimmy Buffett, Tom McGuane, and a large cavorting cast running around with sand in their shoes at ‘ground zero for lust and greed and most of the other deadly sins’: Key West.”—Tom Wolfe   “An engrossing tell-all in which Key West’s most notable residents struggle to find sanity, sobriety and a place to call home.”—Kirkus Reviews   “A necessary read for fans of Florida fiction or any of the figures included here, as well as for those traveling to Key West.”—Library Journal   “McKeen’s portrait of Key West as a onetime bohemian utopia and hotspot is atmospheric, and . . . his anecdotes are absorbing.”—Publishers Weekly   “A romp . . . a rollicking chronicle of the musicians, artists, writers and filmmakers who created a vibrant if nihilistic scene in the 1970s. Deft storytelling . . . a good story about good times (and bad).”—Wall Street Journal   “Only enhances the appeal of the Conch Republic . . . a tale of the island’s famous personalities that flows as easily as an ocean breeze.”—Orlando Sentinel   “Make McKeen’s tale your next trip to the island.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel   “A wonderful zinger of a book. Never before have the literary traditions of the ...

  • ASIN: 0813062314

Key West's Duval Street (Postcards of America)

Key West's Duval Street (Postcards of

In this collection of vintage-photograph postcards, Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson explore the street's past.

  • ASIN: 1467127884

Key West (Images of Modern America)

Key West (Images of Modern

Key West has a colorful history. It was the beachhead that protected the United States from the Soviet Union and Cuba in the 1960s, its literary and music scenes attracted and developed writers, artists, and musicians in the 1970s, and it seceded from the Union and created a new nation, the Conch Republic, in the 1980s. Through the rest of the decades to the present, festivals, celebrations, and revelries have drawn tourists here year-round and supported the Conchs, the key's residents. The vibrant community, people and places, military presence, and significant historic sites make Key West one of the most interesting places in the United States.

  • ASIN: 1467115061

Supernatural: Bone Key (Supernatural Series)

Supernatural: Bone Key (Supernatural

Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and he taught them how to kill it.Sam and Dean are headed for Key West, Florida, home to Hemingway, hurricanes, and a whole lot of demons. The tropical town has so many ghouls on the loose that one of its main moneymakers has long been a series of ghost tours. But the tours are no more, not since one of the guides was found dead of an apparent heart attack . . . his face frozen in mid-scream. No one knows what horrors he saw, but the Winchester brothers are about to find out. Soon they'll be face-to-face with the ghosts of the island's most infamous residents, demons with a hidden agenda, and a mysterious ancient power looking for revenge. It's up to Sam and Dean to save the citizens of Key West . . . before the beautiful island is reduced to nothing more than a pile of bones.

  • Brand: HarperEntertainment
  • ASIN: 0061435031

Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys (Travel

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the art-deco streets of South Beach, spot alligators amongst the Everglades' mangroves, or party all night in Key West; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Miami & the Keys and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's Miami & the Keys Travel Guide: Color maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, multicultural Miami, cuisine, drink, art-deco architecture, environment Free, convenient pull-out Miami map (included in print version), plus over 15 color maps Covers South Beach, Downtown Miami, Wynwood, Design District, Little Haiti, Northern Miami Beach, Coral Gables, ...

  • Brand: imusti
  • ASIN: 1742207308
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