Top Secret “Phone Service to Cuba”

Cuban Telegraph Office

Thousands of people pass this building everyday and have NO IDEA what it is! If you’ve been to the Southernmost Buoy than you’ve seen it and passed it too. It sits only 20′ from the buoy (seen below), people stand in line, lean against it and have no clue! I’ve never seen a single person take its photo! I’ve said 100’s of times that Key West needs a marker noting its historical importance to the past Cuban-American relations.

This is the former Telegraph Cable Building for communications between the USA & Cuba. If you look closely at the photo below you can see the portion of the cable that remains from the seabed into the building behind the green door. You have to remember that Cuba was a tourist hot spot for wealthy Americans and Hollywood’s A-List for years. As mentioned in an earlier blog, Key West was also Pan American Airways home base and the site of this countries 1st International flight… and you guessed it, it went to Havana, Cuba! Once relations soured between our two nations the undersea cable was cut severing the first and only land link to Cuba forever! You’re now that 1 in 1,000 person who can tell others what it is!

So the next time you’re in Key West and drive by the Buoy just say to yourself “Those people in line don’t have a clue, but I do!” Smile and go on knowing that you now know exactly what that building is and its historical significance as others unfortunately ignore it! You’re no longer only a tourist… you’re now an informed tourist!!!!


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5 responses to “Top Secret “Phone Service to Cuba”

  1. Fred Pickard

    About 8 or 10 years ago, there was an Aussie there in a uniform who would take you picture at the barrel for a “donation” to renovate the telegraph building. Looks like all he might have done is paint it.

    • Thank you Fred, I just think it’s a shame that the city has not put a sign on it of any sort. People stand in line for the buoy and have NO IDEA what the telegraph building is! Such a historic site that NO ONE knows.

  2. Janice Reaves Hameline

    maybe a local “artist” could make a rustic looking sign and it doesn’t have to be attached to the building unless required….or possibly you could donate sign….get your BLOG out there to more of the public….what say you Art??

  3. Roxanne

    Been there so many times.Great to now know what the building is..

    • Roxanne, thanks for reading the blog about my wonderful hometown. It really is neat to find out new things about something you’ve seen in the past. I still to this day find out new things about Key West and the Keys I never knew! I love to learn and I’ll keep passing it on to loyal reader like you. Mr. 365 Days

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