A Jewish woman in Austria in 1938 sitting at a bench labeled only for Jews. (Sitting somewhere else would have sent her to jail and worse)
(For those who think the USA is oppressive, I invite you to think about that.)
I didn’t want to leave a really bad impression of Key West. I do think if you travel and like salt water, you should make the 156 mile drive from Miami to mile marker one of US 1.
You will drive a chain of keys over 42 bridges between the many keys. The longest bridge is the 7 mile bridge connecting Marathon Key and Little Duck Key. When we first went down it was all two lane road. It has since been modernized (some).
The drive is gorgeous and to most it is not a ‘white knuckle’ drive. I am not sure now, but at one time there were many hitchhikers (I called them hippies, not sure what they are called now) headed for the end, Key West, Margaretaville.
(Hemmingway's hang out, Sloppy Joe's BAr)
Key West does not have good beaches. More shells than sand. But Key West is NOT beaches. KW is Hemmingway, history, Jimmy Buffet and drugs. Once while I was there the entire city fathers were locked up on an SBI drug sting. The Fire Chief was convicted of selling drugs out of the trunk of his ‘lime green’ chief’s car, photographs etc. He was convicted and released on pre-sentence bond. He disappeared. Has never been seen since. His name, “Bum Farto”, look it up.
Then the prime witness against the mayor, et.al. Died of intravenous injected battery acid. Miraculously all witnesses decided they might have been mistaken, etc. It was wild. Eventually all the city fathers, except fire chief, Bum, were reinstated with back pay.
Most folk want to be photographed at US1 mile marker ‘0’. For years that bumper sticker was on all of Mark’s cars I think.
President Truman loved the Key West area, when I was there the USN had a Truman Annex.
I did enjoy most of my tour there. The worst thing that happened is my boys were introduced to drugs, that demanded most of Sherry & my time on our daily walks.
Later one of my boys told me they did drugs with some of the local police. I guess that statement alone sorta dropped KW from one of my favorite places.
Anyway, what I said it is not one of my favorite places, although it is beautiful.