The Streets of Key West: A History of Street Names by J Wills Burke
Simonton, Duval, Eaton, Whitehead, Southard, Truman—if you discover how these Key West streets, and all the others, came by their names, you will know much of the history of this little island at the nethermost end of the continental United States. You will learn of the rise and fall and rise again of the fortunes of this island town, which has played such a rich role in the history of the country as a whole. The author starts each section with an engaging history of the person for whom the street is named. Then he takes us along the street, pointing out the buildings and sites of historic interest along the way. This method builds and reinforces our grasp of Key West's history as the island is crisscrossed with sites that evoke nearly every aspect of its past. What emerges is a unique and quirky history of Key West, as well as a fascinating guide to wandering its streets, boulevards, alleys, and lanes.
J. Wills Burke is a pen name the author coined in Southeast Asia when he wrote “Aftermath” for the Bangkok Post in 1973. More recently he wrote Origines: The Streets of Vietnam, a book similar in approach to this one. He is a graduate of Florida State University.
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Thomas, Emma, William, Margaret, and Caroline Streets