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This page by Jerry Wilkinson
- The Residents -
(Let's begin with some representative
who would have been present in the Upper Keys when the 1935 Hurricane
Remember to click on the image to enlarge once. Each photo contains "a
thousand words" so one may wish to look for details. J.W.)
The population density of the
at the time the hurricane struck is important. The above figures are
Long Key to the Card Sound Bridge on north Key Largo. What is not shown
are the transient or temporary personnel who are not counted as
residents on a census. The largest in number present were about 750
War I veterans building a bridge to begin the elimination of the ferry
boats. They were not counted.
There were 62
additional bodies found after Mr. Rawlins filed his report ot a total
of 423; therefore, 485 was the final verified number. I say final
number meaning verified number as skeletons continue to be found
of alleged victims.
This high number of victims of a
sparsely populated area is of significant. It occurrence on the Labor
week end should be considered. Many of the veterans were away and
of a relief train was more difficult than normal.
Shown above is the Parker family of
which is representative of a pioneering Upper Keys family.
Most homes were of wood and along the
beach. This took advantage of the summer breezes, less afternoon sun
fewer mosquitoes and away from from the winter "northwesterners." This
row of homes were located at about MM 81.3 in the Pinderville part of
now known as Islamorada.
There would have been permanent
personnel as well as transient workers. Typical workers would have been
sections gang personnel for repair, station agents, water tower
There were not a great number of State Road
Department personnel for routine repair of the Overseas Highway.
there was a second group overseeing the construction of the new bridge
by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) from Lower
Key to Jewfish Bush Key (now Fiesta Key).
Even though the above photo is post
the concrete block theater building was being built in Tavernier
for the veterans before the hurricane. It is presently a hotel. Now for
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