This tour shares historical facts and stories and video of New Town in Key West FL. The island of Key West ended at the corner of Truman Ave / North Roosevelt Blvd (the street changes names at this corner) and Eisenhower Dr and Jose Marti Drive (that street also changes names at this corner). The part of the island known as New Town and Mid Town was filled by the Navy. The landfill nearly doubled the size of the island of Key West FL.
This tour starts in Old Town. There is a mention of Salsa Loca, a stained glass feature on a church in Old Town known as, "The Eye of God" stained glass. Blue Heaven is mentioned and there is a view of the Heminway House which was a gift by a relative of Hemingway's wife. The relative purchased the home for $8,000. To bring some perspective, the richest man in Florida, William Curry, gave his son a $10,000 inheritance when he passed in 1897.
Heminway wrote a few books while living in Key West including, To Have and Not, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Green Hills of Africa.
There is a mention of the 2nd Lighthouse in Key West and the typical home found in Key West which is known as a conch home because many of the first homes on the island were brought to Key West from the Bahamas. Homes in Old Town Key West are also known as 'shot gun' homes because you can open the front door and the back door and shoot a rifle right through the house. The original homes were built by ship builders and many of the home features are the same as ships built during the same time period.
There is a mention of Harry Truman who spent a lot of time in Key West and was the least liked President when he left office. Truman is now number 5 on the popularity list.
The tour passes Mary Immaculate Star of the Sea church. The church was destroyed when it was on Duval St in 1901 and then moved to it's current location on Truman Ave. The convent was used as a hospital for 600 men during the Spanish American War. Sister Louis Gabriel started building the Groto in 1890 and completed it in 1922.
Key West FL is the driest city in Florida. Key West is the only frost free city in the United States.
There is a mention of Bayview Park and the cigar manufacturer that created the park for his employees so that they would have a nice place to be on the weekends. The Florida East Coast Railroad came through Trumbo Point. The railroad was destroyed in the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. There was a ferry between Key West and Cuba that departed from this destination.
Stock Island is talked about. Stock Island housed the live stock. Stock Island is now the home of the Key West Golf Course which is the only golf course for 50 miles, the hospital, the jail, an elementary school, the SPCA, Florida Keys Community College (FKCC), a few marinas and the Botanical Gardens as well as residential homes and town houses.
The tour mentions Ft Jefferson and there are views of the Gulf of Mexico.