Cemetery, Key West

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    Key West Cemetery

    by Martinewezel Written Jan 30, 2012
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    A visit at the cemetery tells a lot about the local history.
    For instance here we found the memorial for the battleship Maine, lots of sailor graves, a Cuban section, and graves of Key West families. Some of the vaults are above the ground and some have peculiar markers.
    Sloppy Joe (photo#3) is buried here. It took us a while to find his grave between the mish mash of white stones. Apparently people use to throw cents on his stone, just as people throw money into fountains.
    Some of the graves have a funny marker, for instance this one on photo #2.
    We saw also a lot of chickens and roosters on the graves. (see main photo)
    A map and a self-guided tour is available at the desk in the cemetery, or printable from the internet. http://www.keywesttravelguide.com/key-west-cemetery-map.html

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    Key West's City of the Dead

    by Jefie Written Jan 13, 2012

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    Old markers at the Key West Cemetery
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    One of the funny facts about Key West is that there are about three times more dead people than living ones on the island! Indeed, while Key West has a population of about 30,000, it is estimated that there are about 100,000 people buried at the local cemetery. The Key West Cemetery was established at its current location - at the very center of the island - in 1847, after a hurricane washed away the bodies enterred at the previous cemetery. Although the cemetery is located on Solares Hill, which is the island's highest elevation at 18 feet above sea level, many of the graves are aboveground, similar to the ones you find in New Orleans famous cemeteries. Free maps are available at the sexton's house, right next to the main gate. These will help you locate all the graves that are of historical importance, including that of local bartender "Sloppy" Joe Russell, as well as some unusual markers, such as the one you can see on my second picture :o)

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    Key West Cemetery

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 17, 2010

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    As many as 100,000 people are buried here, in this cemetery located in the northeast section of the Old Town area. We took a quick drive through the historic cemetery, checking out graves dating back to the mid 1800s, seeing the USS Maine Monument, and looking at the section of the cemetery dedicated to those who fought for Cuban independence (the area is called "A los martires de cuba").

    This link: http://www.keywesttravelguide.com/key-west-cemetery-map.html has a great map with some entertaining and morbid stories about the cemetery and those who are forever entombed here.

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    key west cemetery

    by doug48 Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    the key west cemetery is an interesting spot in key west. many of key west's original settlers are inturned here. many of the tombs are above ground like the cemeteries in new orleans.

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