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The Purpose of the Schooner Western Union

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Did you know that the Schooner Western Union was built to maintain the communication between Floridian cities, the Caribbean islands, and South America? She was launched in 1939 by Herbert Arch of Thompson Enterprises. She was constructed with a hull of Cayman mahogany and planking of Longleaf yellow pine from Florida. She ended up being leased to the Western Union Telegraph Company and was used to maintain signal cables between Key West and Cuba from 1939 to 1974! She sure served a long time!

The Schooner Western Union!

The Schooner Western Union!

Mallory Square

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Did you know that even before Sunset Celebration Mallory Square has been the hub of activity in Key West for over 150 years? Mallory Square or Mallory Docks as it was known in the olden days was where all of the cargo and wrecking vessels unloaded. Located next to the docks were master wrecker Asa Tift’s warehouses where he kept the bounty of wrecks he salvaged along with his ice house that provided ice to the island’s residents.

Today of course, Tift’s warehouse and ice house are still with us. One is the Shell Warehouse and the other is next door and the former home of the Key West Chamber of Commerce. We think if Asa Tift were around today, Mallory Square would not seem so foreign to him! Except of course, his bust in the Key West Historical Memorial Sculpture Garden.

Key West Holiday Light Winners

Friday, December 10th, 2010

2010 Holiday Light Tour Winner - 302 Amelia Street

It certainly is the most colorful time of the year in Key West when everyone decks their halls with lots of lights. We may not have snow, but Key Westers take house decorating very seriously, and this tradition has become part of many Key West attractions. This year we had 26 entries in our Key West Holiday Lights Contest that sponsor with the Conch Tour Train and Keys Energy Services. This was a tough call because all of the house looked great.

Second Place was 600 Elizabeth Street

Third place was 2924 Staples Ave.