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C ITY OF KEY WEST, population 20,000, a port at sea, southernmost and only no frost city
in U. S., situated on Island of Key West, county seat of Monroe County, Florida; latitude
24 34' north; longtitude 81I 49" west. Mean temperature 1871 to 1895, 770. For past 20
years lowest monthly mean 77 in January, highest 84 in August. Since 1886 highest
record 920, lowest 44o. Average annual rainfall 1871 to 1895, 39 inches. Average annual *
number of cloudy days, 64; minimum 1883 and 1885, 32 days; maximum in 1890, 91 days. Owing to
coral bottom and bright atmosphere the sea is wonderfully clear to the eye and owing to wealth of
salts remarkably buoyant, thus for boating, swimming and fishing excellent. Yearly average number of
calr days past five years only io. In 1894 only 27 hours and in 1895 but 54 hours of calm recorded.
The trade winds furnish an almost constant breeze that tempers the hottest of summer days. Key West
possesses the most equable climate in the United States, lowest record being 40o 8', highest 95.
Lying in the straits midway between Florida and Cuba, Key West at the west end of a con-
tinuous line of keys, is the natural terminus of the Florida East Coast System, and is distant but
90 miles from Havana, with which mail connection is had by the Plant Steamship Line. Here is a
U. S. Coaling and Naval Station, U. S. Garrison, 3d Art'y, Fort Taylor and Batteries, U. S. M.
Hospital, Officers' Quarters, U. S. Weather Station, handsome U. S. Public Building, Public Library,
Masonic and Odd Fellows Halls, fine Concert Park and School, St. Paul's P. E. Church with the finest
chimes in state, and Protestant Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist and Congregational Churches. Key
West Park containing 24 acres. Industries are cigar making, sponging, wrecking, supplies
and fruit raising on Keys. There is the greatest variety of fish in U. S. Waters, from tarpon and
jew fish to sardine, about Key West, where may be found 170 varieties, all of the West Indian Fauna,
40 of which are unknown in other U. S. waters. One fifth less of varieties are found at Cedar Keys
where is the Carolina fauna. The flora embraces among fruit the cocoa and date palm, almond,
sapodilla, mango, sugar apple, lime, lemon, orange, Spanish lime, sour sop, alligator pear, pineapple,
etc., and every variety of flowering tree and shrub, including Royal Poinciana, Jasmine, Poinsetta,
Bergamot, etc. Hard coral streets, breezes from old ocean, sail crafts sighted from every point of
view, brilliant sun, clear sky, lovely moonlights, splendid sunsets, grand cloud forms, superb stretches
of water scenes, transparent sea, all unite to make the island life as beautiful as it is unique.
BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF KEY WEST.
DUVAL STREET-VIEW EAST.
MAINE MONUMENT-CITY CEMETERY.
CUSTOM HOUSE AND HARBOR.
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