World-Renowned Philosopher John Dewey’s House

John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey was an important early developer of the philosophy of pragmatism and one of the founders of functional psychology. He was a major representative of progressive education and liberalism.

Although Dewey is known best for his publications concerning education, he also wrote about many other topics, including experience, nature, art, logic, inquiry, democracy, and ethics.

The world-renowned philosopher John Dewey spent every winter of his twilight years here in Key West, enjoying the laid back atmosphere and warm weather. Dewey was a driven man but when in Key West embraced the local lifestyle and enjoyed his lazy vacations stating “The climate here is too relaxing to be conductive to work”. I’ve included a photo below of the US Post Office’s tribute stamp issued on behalf of his accomplishments.

You can find the Dewey House at 504 South Street here in Key West. WOW what a view of the Atlantic Ocean he had!!!!!

         

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Slow Animals At Play

How cool, a DOT with a sense of humor! 🙂 The Florida Keys is loaded with humorous street signs from Key Largo all the way to Key West. Finding them on the other hand is the real challenge. That’s where I come in, I can simplify your search leading you directly to it for those of you able to follow directions (and those men who are willing to ask if getting lost). 🙂 Here’s yet another ‘Funny Road Sign’ you can add to your list.

You can find this ‘Slow Animals At Play’ sign at Mile Marker 23.0 bayside by turning onto Spanish Main Road and going to the first road on the left called Pieces Of Eight Road and turn left and driving a 1/4 mile or so down on the left.

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1958 Pink Woody Surfwagon

WOW! When was the last time you’ve seen a 1958 Morris Minor Woody Surfwagon? And YES it runs!

OK, I’m not quite sure of the exact year yet going by other photos on-line it to me is a 1958 but I am 100% positive that it’s a Morris Minor Woody Wagon by the insignia on the hood. If you’re a car expert and can confirm or inform me of its exact year please do so! Either way, it makes a great photo adding it to your vacation list of attractions seen in the Florida Keys. You NEVER know what you might see down here and that’s yet another reason I love this place soooooooooo much!

You can see this incredible find of a nostalgic vehicle at the Summerland Sandal & Surf Co. located at 24818 Overseas Highway at Mile Marker 24.9 oceanside.

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FREE Wildlife Foliage Walkway

6749089125_d3493af5bb_bOK, you’re saying; “What’s a wildlife foliage walkway?” It’s simply a walkway filled with foliage imprints located inside a wildlife center. There, where’s that ‘EASY’ button? 🙂

I can’t begin to name or photograph the endless parade of local foliage embedded into this concrete wildlife walkway. As you can see by the photos, I’ve featured only one that I think is a palmetto frown and yet there are many more on your FREE walk around this wonderful gift of an attraction. You can spend an hour here easy seeing the other areas such as the Audubon pond, live bird exhibits, chick hatching pens and more.

You can find this great getaway attraction for the entire family within the Wildlife Center at 1801 White Street beside the Key’s largest bocce ball courts and across from the more famous White Street Pier.

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Key Lime Square

Key West’s Duval Street is full of side alleys with a plethora of stores, boutiques, souvenir shops & restaurants! Key Lime Square is no exception, this is one of only a few ‘L’ shaped alleyways with entrances from two different streets.

So you might ask “What makes this alleyway different from the others?… simple, its well-balanced mix of businesses & restaurants. So many other alleys are dominated and cluttered with ONLY souvenir shops making this one a pure delight and change of pace from the standard overwhelming ‘tourist key chain’ & ‘shot glass’ themes. Pictured to the left is the long shaded walk along the Duval entrance to the right of one of three restaurants in Key Lime Square. The Old Town Mexican Cafe is one of the largest restaurants of its type and is always packed with a steady line of patrons to partake in their delicious offerings!

Key Lime Square is of course is FREE to stroll along, window shop & smell the baked, fried & broiled delights that fill the air. And YES… you can get a piece of the world-famous and namesake Key Lime Pie here at Key Lime Square! 🙂

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Capt. Tony’s Bras, Hats & Business Cards

There are many strange, weird, unique, odd & different traditions in many of the bars in Key West and the Keys but none have such a wide variety as Capt. Tony’s! I’ve reported on this bar a number of times in the past, let me recap our previous adventures: Home of the Infamous Death Chains, Tossing coins into the Good Luck Fish’s mouth, Cemetery Headstone located inside the bar, & Famous names painted on their bar stools to name a few! This place indeed has it all! This should rank HIGH on you list of must see attractions for Key West… I mean top 5 for sure!

Here in this installment of Crazy Key West you’ll see that along with the laundry list above their also known for a few other things to boot. Seen below there is a collection of bras… yes, female bras tacked on and hanging from the ceiling along with dozens of mens hats and 1,000’s upon 1,000’s of business cards stapled all over the walls & ceilings throughout the entire bar. Though there are some dollar bills upon the wall & ceiling, it’s not their specialty as in other bars I’ve reported on in several previous blogs.

Formerly the original Sloppy Joe’s Bar, it’s now called Capt. Tony’s Saloon and is located at 428 Greene Street just 1/2 block south of Duval Street. It’s FREE to stop by and wander in amazement of all of the different things packed into one street address as here. DON’T MISS IT, IT’S THAT GOOD!

    

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Prevent Scurvy “Eat Key Lime Pie”

I couldn’t think of a better way to prevent scurvy than eating an original Florida Key’s Key Lime Pie! I think I’ll take my own advice on this one and be very proactive having a GRANDE slice for lunch! 🙂

Bonus time: Click here for your Key Lime Pie recipe blogged on earlier! Yum, Yum… do I love Key Lime Pie!!!!

You can find this ‘Prevent Scurvy’ billboard at Mile Marker 26.7 bayside on US-1.

Disclaimer: 🙂 As billboards always come and go, it may not be in this location when you visit so keep on the lookout all the way down and back just in case.

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