Florida Keys Postcard Shelf
This page by Jerry Wilkinson
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If you enter the Key of Key Largo via highway US 1, you will pass
over the Jewfish Creek Bridge. The bridge tender's house was removed in
The bridge tender's house was the railroad's house.
In 1959 the business to the right was Tommy's Jewfish Creek Fishing
The building to the left was the hotel.
Governor Leroy Collins gave the park the ocean bottom in 1959, but
no land base.
Largely through the efforts of John Pennekamp, 74 acres were acquired
in 1961 for a land base. Herbert and Donna Shaw donated a 60-foot strip
for access to US 1.
The park was was dedicated December 10, 1960 but it was years later
for the development of the land base.
The two canals and the scarified coral rock area at the center top
were the beginning of the Port Largo area.
The Blue Marlin Restaurant gave way for modernization in the 1970s.
The Rod and Reel Motel is to the center-right.
Mandalay was a popular commercial and sport fishing camp.
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