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Key West Cemetery, Key West

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At the center of Old Town, Key West Cemetery reveals the quirky history of this small city and its past residents. After a hurricane destroyed the former burial grounds, the city purchased land to establish this new cemetery in 1847. The main entrance at Passover and Angela Streets hands out pamphlets with a map and directions for a self-guided walking tour, or you can visit the website ahead of time to print off your copy. The tour suggests visiting the graves of William Curry, Florida’s first millionaire; “Sloppy” Joe Russell, Key West’s most popular barman; and B.P. “Pearl” Roberts, a hypochondriac whose headstone reads “I told you I was sick”; among other interesting characters who shaped the past of this city. To visit Key West Cemetery on your trip to Key West, use our Key West road trip site.
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  • You can access a self-guided tour and map online before you go, or pick one up at the entrance when you get there. This cemetery is interesting because there are several different sections and... 
    You can access a self-guided tour and map online before you go, or pick one up at the entrance when you get there. This cemetery is interesting because there are several different sections and...  more »
  • It was walking distance from our hotel and we enjoyed the short stroll thru the downtown neighborhoods. It did take us a few minutes to find an entrance that was open, many areas had gates that were.....  more
    It was walking distance from our hotel and we enjoyed the short stroll thru the downtown neighborhoods. It did take us a few minutes to find an entrance that was open, many areas had gates that were.....  more »
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  • If you get a chance to stroll through. We were riding our bikes and was told this is on the top 25 list to do in Key West. Lots of Iguanas hiding all over.
  • This is a great place to get lost for a couple of hours in the afternoon. It’s a historic cemetery and the headstones and crypts reflect that. Since we are an island is Florida most of the people are “buried” above ground and it sort of gives off that New Orleans vibe.

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