Key West: The Old and the New, by Jefferson B. Browne

Early, detailed account of Key West provides an interesting view into old Key West.

Portrait of Jefferson B. Browne, an important early figure in Key West history.

Portrait of Jefferson B. Browne, an important early figure in Key West history.

Written in 1912, this is the most extensive historical text from that era.

Jefferson Browne was the son of a local businessman and politican, and after graduating law school, became a State Senator.  He is credited with helping Henry Flagler envision a railway all the way to Key West .

His account of the island is fascinating…and not always necessarily pretty. Read it and you’ll know more than most modern-day storytellers.

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