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Historic Pigeon Key.

Pigeon Key is that tiny little tropical island that we had seen so many times while crossing the section of the Seven Mile Bridge pass Knight's Key, the last section of the Islands of Marathon, at the mile marker 45 of the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

TheTiny Island of Pigeon Key as seeing from the Seven Mile Bridge.

The island as we see it from the Seven Mile Bridge.

This tiny island is a big historic land mark of the Florida Keys and it was part of one of the most ambitious and sophisticated engineering projects of its time, the Florida East Coast-Key West Railway Extension, the well-known Overseas Railroad Bridge.

 Three different sections of the Old Florida Keys Railroad Bridge.

Remains of the Old Railroad Bridge are still standing in different parts of the Florida Keys.

The Island first known as "Cayo Paloma" was used by Henry Flagler from 1909 until 1912 as a base camp and headquarters during the construction of the railroad bridge, bunkhouses, engineering offices, and camp tents were erected on the island, and it was used as sleeping and living quarters for the workers in the project.

View of the beach and pier of Pigeon Key taken from the Old Seven Mile bridge.

The shallow waters of this portion of the Keys facilitated the construction of the bridge in the proximity of the island, another reason for which this island was selected for the project.

Bungalows or cottages surrounded by coconut trees in Pigeon Key.

Bungalows or cottages of the residents.

Later when the railroad project was completed in 1912 Pigeon was use as a bridge maintenance facility. Workers live a normal life in the island, got married, had children, built a school, a post office and permanent homes for families.

The events after the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.

During the disgraceful events of 1935 when the railroad bridge was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane, it had an important role as a rescue and evacuation camp.

And later it became headquarters during the construction of the new Overseas Highway that we know today.

Photo of Pigeon Key taken from inside the car.

As seeing from the Overseas Highway section of the seven miles past the section of Knight's Key, in the islands of Marathon

The new Cayo Palomas.

Now the island is run and maintained as a historic and educational landmark by the Pigeon Key Foundation, and you'll learn about the history and brilliance of the Florida Keys, Henry Flagler, and all the events that had taken place here.

The different ways of get to Pigeon Key, by ferry boat or by foot or bicycle over the bridge.

The two ways to get to the Island, over the section of the Old Bridge or by boat...unless you want to swim!

A bicycle to Pigeon Key.

A ferry from Marathon will take you there in just minutes, or by crossing the section of the Old Seven Mile Historic Bridge, on foot or bicycle.

Some of the best scenic views of the territorial Florida Keys are in this area of Marathon, there is ample parking at the entrance to the Old Historic Bridge and a picnic park surrounded with coconut trees and a tropical setting.

A Bicycle ride to Pigeon Key.

A ferry from Marathon will take you there in just minutes, or by crossing the section of the Old Seven Mile Historic Bridge, on foot or bicycle.

Some of the best scenic views of the territorial Florida Keys are in this area of Marathon, there is ample parking at the entrance to the Old Historic Bridge and a picnic park surrounded with coconut trees and a tropical setting.

Colorfull green lizard that lives under the Old Seven Bridge.

Popular tourist attraction are the colorful lizards that inhabit under the bridge.

The Pigeon Key Visitor Center of Marathon.

The Visitor Center of Marathon.



Related pages:


The Group of Islands of Marathon.

Map of the islands of Marathon.

About Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad .

The Florida Keys History.

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