The Streets of Key West: A History Through Street Names

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Pineapple Press Inc, 2004 - History - 227 pages
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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. Interspersed throughout the text are quotes from fiction set in Key West-from the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Tom McGuane, Alison Lurie, Thomas Sanchez-that remind us just how far Key West has inserted itself into the American experience.
  

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After being in Key West many times I wanted to find the history behind the street names.
This book has an indepth history behind the people the streets are named after and much more.
Excellent read.

Contents

Simonton Street
1
Duval Street
8
Whitehead Street
17
Thomas Emma William Margaret and Caroline Streets
28
Greene and Elizabeth Streets
36
Front Street
43
Eaton Street
48
Fleming Street
52
Porter Lane
107
Little Streets
110
Eisenhower Drive
128
Gibralter of the Americas
130
Higgs Memorial Beach
140
Truman Avenue
143
More Little Streets
149
Casa Marina
170

Southard Street
57
Fitzpatrick Street
60
Ann Street
62
Grinnell Street
64
Frances Street
67
White Street
69
Anderson Street
75
Peary Court
78
Jackson Square
81
Clinton Place
84
Mallory Square
86
Lanes and Alleys
92
Flagler Avenue
173
Trumbo Point
178
The Aviators
181
Eastern Half of Key West
186
George to Twentieth Streets
193
Roosevelt Boulevard
204
Houseboat Row
208
Hereafter
212
References
217
Fiction Bibliography
220
Index
223
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About the author (2004)

J. Wills Burke is a pen name the author coined in Southeast Asia when he wrote Aftermath for the Bangkok Post in 1973. More recently he wrote Origines: The Streets of Vietnam, a book similar in approach to this one. He is a graduate of Florida State University.

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