The Streets of Key West: A History Through Street Names
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.
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