Yesterday was windy and started out cool in the 50s-no beach time, however providing a perfect time to take a tour of Pigeon Key. Pigeon Key is a small (5 acre) island that is 2 miles west of Marathon and it played a very big part in the building of the Florida East Coast Railroad which in 1912 connected the mainland to Key West.
Our tour guide, Riet, showed us one of the four bunkhouses is still standing. It was big, but we just couldn't picture 100 workers bunking in this one building.
The foremen and engineers had much better quarters.
These buildings were used by maintenance crews after construction was completed. Why choose such a small island for all theses crews to be housed? Flagler and his Supervisors wanted to make sure the men could not carouse and get drunk at the bars that flourished in Marathon and other established towns.