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Road and Ferry
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 24° 51.016 W 080° 44.348
17R E 526356 N 2748393
Quick Description: Located on US 1 east of the bridge on Lower Matecumbe Key.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/20/2018 7:40:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ6ZM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 2

Long Description:
In April 1926, Monroe County began construction of a road on the east end of Upper Matecumbe to connect with other islands. It eventually made is possible to drive to Key West using a ferry.
The first car drove to Key West on Jan. 25, 1928 by boarding a ferry here at todays Boy Scout Sea Base and crossing 40 miles of water to No Name Key.
Later the ferry docked at Grassy Key, traveling by road to the west end of todays Marathon. From there a ferry crossed to No Name Key.
It was on the Morning of March 29, 1938 that the daughter of the Cuban Council cut the ribbon opening the road without the ferries by using the widened railway bridges.
A toll booth was erected here to collect $1 for car and driver and 25 cents for each additional passenger. The toll was removed in 1954
Marker Number: None

Date: None

County: Monroe

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: Matecumbe Historical Trust

Website: Not listed

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