Remember, the first train arrived in Key West on January 22nd, 1912 and lasted through the 1935 Labor Day weekend hurricane that wiped it completely off the map crippling island travel for nearly 3 years. The first roadway all the way from Miami was completed in 1938 as they hurriedly connected the Keys back together again. During those three years without trains or roads, the ferry service fleet was once again pressed into service providing a vital lifeline between the island chain bringing lifesaving food, water & building supplies to this cut-off portion of Florida’s southernmost city.
To find this essential part of prior Key West history go to the area of town called Harbor Walk and stroll to its eastern end. You’ll see this ferry ramp that is still used today behind the Bight (pronounced ‘Bite’) Ferry Terminal at Flagler Station.