The Rock Quarry Case

(A sample of the many Keys industries like fishing, sponging, turtling, cigar making, wrecking, shrimping, farming, boatbuilding, etc. These will added as time and images become available.)
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- The WW I Veteran's Quarry -

     Shown above was the type of quarrying done by the Florida East Coast Railway Company. This was for fill rock where as the following were for slab rock.
     An idea of the operations on Windley Key as of April 1935 can be deduced from the above aerial photo taken at 20,000 feet. Snake Creek is at the top and Whale Harbor at the bottom. The highway is to the right of the railroad.
     Specific dating of the quarries have never been established except for the World War I veterans quarry which began in late 1934. Therefore we will present it as if it was the first, however it probably was not. The first industrial coral rock quarry for use other than fill was the Plantation Key Quarry to build piers for the Overseas Highway in 1934. Of course, the railroad and the Overseas Highway contractors had excavated marl and coral fill in 1906 and 1927 respectively.
     This quarry was located on Plantation Key just north of the entrance of the Venetian Shores Subdivision and also on the bayside. The railroad passes in between the quarry and the highway.

     Another view this time looking north.

The veterans used a wheel type trenching machine to cut the grooves.
     Blocks of coral that have been loosened and lifted out of the quarry. This quarry ceased operation when the 1935 Hurricane destroyed the work camps. 
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