Officially called Pioneer Cemetery, this oceanside burial site has seen its share of hurricanes, tides & water upon its plots over the years. As you can see in the photos, it sits only 30′-40′ from the oceans waves on a good day… you can imagine the waterline during a Florida hurricane.
This cemetery memorializes the determination of 50 of this towns former pioneers & homesteaders with 3 families headstones present today. Oh yeah, the land was deeded to one of the families by President Chester A. Arthur! How’s that for a historical tidbit.
I first heard of this site but couldn’t find it. My next attempt found the site but was refused entrance by a new employee at the resorts main entrance. My third time was a charm walking right in with a visitor pass directly to the sacred sand procuring these photos.
I saw no one else remotely interested in the cemetery as people walked on the beach just feet away passing the sign with so much history information about the settlers to this area and their families lives. What a shame! I on the other hand loved doing this for you and now report it so that you too can come see Florida’s “Lost Cemetery By The Sea”!
You can find the forgotten little-seen cemetery on the grounds of the Cheeca Lodge at Mile Marker 82 on the left side of US-1 South. Stop at the main gate and simply ask for a visitor pass to see the Pioneer Beach Cemetery. It’s FREE to both park & visit the hallowed ground.
Time to drum up business only a week after Black Friday, I actually find humor in this companies boat sale.
Passing this partial portion of a finished boat and sale sign instantly brought on a smirk as I began to laugh turning around to capture these photos for your amusement. Look close at the lower photo showing the ‘Boat Sale’ sign placed just in front of the boat cut in half! That’s what I call a ‘Half Price Sale!’
You can find my self-proclaimed 1/2 Price Boat Sale at Mile Marker 90.5 bayside on US-1.
There’s plenty of muffler men across the country but this is the first crankshaft man I’ve ever seen! This rainbow-colored contraption stands over six feet tall and is worth a photo if you’re in the area or eating at the Bar next door. Normally you’d find a lone obscure item like this in front of an automotive junk yard but there’s not one anywhere in sight of this futuristic robot-looking sculpture… ok, to call it a sculpture is pushing it!
You can find this unique motor city madman exactly beside Stock Island’s Hogfish Grill. Go to Mile Marker 5 and turn left off of US-1 South at the Burger King, down 1-block turning left onto McDonald Ave that turns into Maloney Ave, turn right onto 4th Ave, left on Front Street and there you will see it on the right a half mile or so beside the famous eatery Hogfish Grill.
Seen here is the Florida Key’s newest shark to make its appearance on tourist laden US-1. Located at Mile Marker 82.3 bayside where you’ll see it in the parking lot by the Sunset Inn pictured here.
Its ominous steps & railings look more like your last steps to the gallows than a tourist trap! As always, these type of FREE PHOTO-OP attractions are erected with one purpose in mind… and that is to get potential customers like you and I to stop by and see it with hopes of you also walking into their shops after your photo-op with Jaws Jr. Well, I’m sad to say that their marketing ploy failed this time as my compadre and I simply posed for the picture (seen below) and then bolted back into the car scurrying our way back home.
Here’s a restaurants back side of the building pick-up window that says ‘Locals Only’. This is a conversation piece, photo-op & just something different all in one. Although it says ‘Locals Only’, I’m sure they’d consider anyone with cash-in-hand a local and wait on you.
This secret rear of building ‘Locals Only’ pick-up window is also home of the Human Sized Postcard & Giant Coffee Cup. It’s kind-of-like getting a three-bee all at the same time!
You can find this hidden hide-a-way counter on the rear of the Cuban Coffee Queen building in the Harbor Walk area of town here in Key West.
Driving through Key Largo and looking deeper for new blog ideas I saw a sign for an Aquatic Park that spurred my curiosity for being in a relatively small town. I drove down 2 blocks and parked my car walking upon this marker. Wow, was I surprised to find out the circumstance of this water park.
The Jacobs Aquatic Center is named after the Barbara Jacobs Family for their sincere generosity that made this center possible. Their dedication to our community has enriched the lives of many people. The Barbara Jacobs Family, former owner of the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Team (1986-2000), believes very strongly in the sense of community pride and the value of its youth. It is through their commitment and the commitment of others, that the Jacobs Aquatic Center became a reality in June 2002. Way to go Jacobs Family for caring about the lives of our youth to create such a place here in Key Largo. Thank You!
The Cleveland Indians played in Jacobs Field until 2008 named after owners David (died in the 1990′s) & Barbara Jacobs (didn’t died till 2005). Key Largo was not the only recipients to the generosity of the former Cleveland Indians owners. Indiana University received the biggest gift by far in their newly named Jacobs School of Music that will forever assist talented students as they study at Barbara’s alma mater. Are you ready for this, the Indiana University Foundation received Barbara’s gift of $40.6 million to her former school. It’s the largest single gift for a school of music at a public university in history. It’s also the largest single gift ever given by an individual to Indiana University. That’s generosity at its finest!
Though I don’t know Barbara Jacobs ties to Key Largo, I do know this… you can find her generous namesake ‘Jacobs Aquatic Center’ inside of the Key Largo Community Park.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is the most beautiful example of a stained & varnished oak stair hand railing home in the entire city of Key West. I stood in wonder and amazement as I looked upon such expensive use of a high quality product such as oak hand railing used outside in the harsh elements as intense heat and rainy weather in Key West. Front porch, back porch, first floor, second floor & stairs… everywhere you look is beauty to your eyes.
These handrails, spindles (called balusters) & posts (called newels) are made for indoors and yet I’ve never seen such a beautiful eye-catching example of exterior use in such awesome display of spectacular splendor. If you’re wondering how the car seen here in the carport gets out… well, the complete railing assembly raises up on a pulley above the height of the car and then lowers once out of the carport. I’ve seen it in action, way too cool!!!!
You can find the wooden wonder of oak stair railings at the corner of Whitehead Street & Caroline Street in Key West. It sits exactly across the street from Top Gun’s Kelly McGillis’ Restaurant and the Historic Pan American Airlines former headquarters.