Florida Series: Cedar Key
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All the keys: Way Key(Cedar Key), Seahorse Key, North Key, epot Key(Atsena Otie), Snake Key and Scale Key comprised the Cedar Keys. Way Key, the largest of all the keys has 640 acres.
The Cedar Keys was blockaded during the Civil War. The depot was burned and the rails destroyed. A battle occured on the mainland near Number 4 Bridge.
The first cross state railroad (Atlantic to Gulf of Mexico) was completed in 1860 with the first train into Cedar Key in 1861 and the last train left here in 1932.
The Faber and Eagle Pencil Companies each established cedar saw mills, the Eagle Cedar saw mill on Way Key, and the Faber saw mill on Depot Key. They were severely damaged by the 1896 hurricane and ceased operation. Pencils were never made here, the slats were shipped out by rail to their northern factories and to European pencil companies.
The Standard Maunfacturing Co. was in operation from 1910 to 1952 except for the WWII years when it closed for lack of workers and never closed during the depression. It was known locally as the "Fiber Factoy" and was located where the Fennimore Mill Condos are today. There were only three of these fiber factories in the world and all were in Florida. The Standard Manufacturing Co. was the largest and the only one to make brushes. The factory suffered heavy damage during the hurricane of 1950 and with the shortage of workers the factory was forced to close.
The Oldest building in Cedar Key was established as a block house, made of tabby located on the corner of G and 4th Street. Other buildings of tabby are the Island Hotel, the Hale building and the Lutterloh Store.
Tabby is a type of building material used in the coastal Southeast from the late 1500s to the 1850s.
True tabby is made of equal parts lime, water, sand, oyster shells, and ash. The ash is a byproduct of preparing the lime, but its presence contributes to the hardening of the end product. Tabby can be poured into molds for foundations, walls, floors, roofs, columns, and other structural elements.
The boom for the Cedar Keys was 1880 - 1890. Population peaked in 1885 at 1,887. The population in 2004 was 819.
We wanted to take a boat out to Seahorse Key to see the lighthouse. The tour was full and you can not go on the island between March and June because of bird nesting. I should have done a little more research. Check out Island Hoppers. It's $20.00 for a round trip ticket.The tour last about 13/4 hours. Call ahead for reservations (I wish I had) #(352)-543-5904.