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Published on Sep 30, 2011
Just over two miles west of Marathon, nestled beneath what is now called the Old Seven Mile Bridge, lies the historical treasure known as Pigeon Key. The five-acre island served as a base camp for workers who built Henry Flagler's railroad in the early 1900s.
Visitors shouldn't pass up the chance to explore tiny Pigeon Key, a small island with an enormous reputation for remaining unchanged as the Keys evolved -- listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it houses a museum chronicling the construction of the final installment of Henry Flagler's Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad. Many of the original railroad buildings from 1909 still stand.