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KEY WEST, FLORIDA
COPYRIGHT, 1896, BY HORATIO CRAIN, KEY WEST, FLA.
THE ALBERTYPE CO.. N. Y.
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 24034/ north; longitude 810 49' west. Mean temperature 1871 to 1895, 770.
For past 20 years lowest monthly mean 770 in January, highest 840 in August. Since
1886 highest record 920, lowest 44. 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, fishing excellent. Yearly
average number of calm days past five years only lo. 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 400 8', highest 950.
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 of 24 acres is being laid out. Industries are cigar making, sponging
wrecking, supplies and fruit raising on Keys. There is the greatest variety of fishes in U. S.
waters, from tarpon and jew fish to sardine, about Key West, where may be found 170 varieties,
all of the West India 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, trans-
parent sea, all unite to make the island life as beautiful as it is unique.
BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF KEY WEST.
POST OFFICE AND CUSTOM HOUSE.
VIEW N. W. FROM KEY WEST LIGHT.
U. S. MARINE HOSPITAL.
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KEY WEST HARBOR.
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ROSES IN JANUARY.
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