Water Cistern

Duval Street’s Water Cistern

Welcome to one of Key West’s oldest and by far MOST BEAUTIFUL water cistern!

So what’s a cistern you might ask? A cistern is a waterproof receptacle for holding liquids, usually water. Cisterns can be above or below ground and were commonly used in Key West to capture & store rain water since fresh water was scarce. Early on this water was used for many purposes including drinking, cooking, irrigation and washing. You have to remember that fresh water (an unending flow) was not available to this stand alone island of Key West until a combination of bridges and rail tracks linked the Florida Keys together in 1912.

To find this incredible treasure go west on Duval Street to the very end and look to your right in the hotel parking lot. Since ceasing to be an active cistern, this has also been a Bar & Tee Shirt shop… then again what hasn’t been a Bar or Tee Shirt shop in Key West! 🙂 You’re lucky, this took me three trips to find this exact cistern, I only had a picture of the double wooden doors to go by and went street-by-street north-to-south until I found it! THIS MAKES FOR SOME BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS! You can thank me later! 🙂


Look close at the vines growing out of the building and the beautiful iron window grille… stunning to say the least, a photographers dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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One response to “Water Cistern

  1. Hello Seth, I’ve done it again on today’s blog 12/02/11. It’s already changed Railroad to Railway if you were to look at it real-time on-line at ShoestringWeekends.Com

    This blog was written months in advance before you and I fist wrote to each other. I’ll try to catch future mishaps from happening… hey, at least I’m aware of it now and catch it on my own! Art

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