THE NATURAL HISTORY ROOM
The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane Shelf.
This page by Jerry Wilkinson
- The Big Blow -
Remember the beach house previously shown?
Below is about the same area after the hurricane.
This is approximately the same area as
the row of houses above.
At the time of the hurricane, this was the
Matecumbe Hotel which housed the offices of FERA.
An aerial view of the Matecumbe Hotel from
the other (Ocean) side, which took the blunt of the hurricane. In the lower
right corner is the remains of a bus in which some residents rode out the
Another view of FERA veteran's Camp 3 before
A view of the same area, but looking back from
the far side of the above photo.
Looking east into the subdivision that railroad
engineer William J. Krome platted as the Townsite of Islamorada. He reportedly
planted the Australian pine trees.
Now looking up from the bay on the same De
Leon Avenue six months after the hurricane. The Australian pines are recovering
and are huge today.
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