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Location DB > United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Abandoned Bridges of the Florida Keys
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Abandoned Bridges of the Florida Keys
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 Database Info
created by thoughtcriminal on 11/13/2004 7:16 AM
last modified by thingamabob on 6/16/2017 3:04 AM
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 Overview
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 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy to Very Difficult
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address
Various locations
Florida Keys, Florida
United States
Owner: State of Florida
 Hazards
  • falling into the ocean?
  •  Interesting Features
    You'll need a helicopter to access portions of the old Seven Mile and Bahia Honda bridges, as spans have been removed to prevent access (and allow boats to pass). How a bicycle found its way onto the west end of the abandoned portion of the old Seven Mile Bridge is a mystery.

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • Park Rangers in some areas
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1912
    Closed: 1935
     Required Equipment
     Recommended Equipment

     History
    These bridges - the two largest pictured here and many shorter spans between Islamorada and Boca Chica Key - are all that remains of the "Overseas Railroad," the Florida East Coast Railway Key West Extension. The railroad was built between 1904 and 1912, and operated for 23 years until it was wiped out by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. The right of way and bridges were then converted for use by the Overseas Highway. By 1982, these narrow highway bridges were replaced by modern structures.
     Media Coverage
    Island needs fire-safety repairs mentions that the portion of the Seven Mile Bridge out to Pigeon Key will soon close for reconstruction.
     Future Plans

     Stories
    Detailed History.
    Fri, Jun 16th, 2017
    posted by thingamabob


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     Photo Galleries
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    Old Bahia Honda Bridge
    Sat, Nov 13th, 2004
    posted by thoughtcriminal
    27 pictures
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    Seven Mile Bridge (East End)
    Sat, Nov 13th, 2004
    posted by thoughtcriminal
    10 pictures
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    Other Bridges
    Mon, Nov 15th, 2004
    posted by thoughtcriminal
    7 pictures
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    maxt @ Bahia Honda
    Sat, Jun 11th, 2005
    posted by maxt
    15 pictures
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    Thingy's Visit.
    Fri, Jun 16th, 2017
    posted by thingamabob
    5 pictures
     


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     Web Links
    History of the Overseas Railroad and Overseas Highway
    Shane's photos: here and here


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    Category Rating
    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 6/16/2017 3:25 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:25, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:08, thingamabob deleted 5 pictures from gallery Thingy's Visit.
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:07, thingamabob added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:06, thingamabob added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:05, thingamabob created a new gallery
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:05, thingamabob updated a story
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:05, thingamabob updated a story
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:04, thingamabob created a new story
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:04, thingamabob changed the following: Owner
  • on Jun 16 17 at 3:03, thingamabob changed the following: Year Built, Year Closed, Status, Security Measures
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