I wish I could set up a video camera to see how many people per day (IF ANY) stop along the side of the road to read this 3 ft. x 3 ft. white stone with a plague on it… my educated quess would be a grand total of ONLY ME! 🙂 I’ve NEVER seen a single person looking at it EVER!!!!!
This Road & Ferry Marker sits about 12 ft off the main road US-1 southbound against some hedges and is nearly impossible to see as you travel by the gas station & hardware store across the street. It reads: “In April, 1926 Monroe County began construction of a road on the east end of Upper Matecumbe Key to connect with other islands. It eventually made it possible to drive to Key West by using a ferry. The first car drove to Key West on January 25th, 1928 by boarding a ferry here at todays Boy Scout Sea Base and crossing 40 miles of water to No Name Key. Later the ferry docked at Grassy Key, traveling by road to the west end of todays Marathon. From there a ferry crossed to No Name Key. It was on the morning of March 29, 1938 that the daughter of the Cuban Council cut the ribbon opening the road without the ferries by using the widened railway bridges. A toll booth was erected here to collect $1 for car and driver and 25 cents for each additional passenger. The toll was removed in 1954.” Wow, how neat! It’s hard for us to fathom, think about it, the only way to travel to Key West until 1938 was by boat or train and before September 22nd, 1912 (train’s debut) it was ONLY accessible by boat!
You can find this FREE overlooked historical marker at Mile Marker 73.8 on the bayside of US-1.