1855: William Hackley recorded in his diary: Got on shore about 5. William Hinson and I go to the eastward and hunt deer. Felix Senac and Daniel Davis to the west for ducks. I walked up to the head of the plain at least 12 miles and saw but one deer at which I could not get a shot. Saw but few tracks and several Bear tracks. Also saw several English Snipes and sora. Killed an alligator on the open plain where there was about six inches of water. Saw the east end of the base line spike of the county survey on my return to the boat. Found William Hinson who had walked only about four miles and saw but the one deer I referred to. About 1 p.m. Senca and Davis came in with 28 Teal and a quantity of Matin Snipe and two White Iris. They found the ducks scarce. We ate some Pilot bread and Davis and I went to the same duck ponds and found but few and Davis killed one the ponds among a dense black mangrove hammock about 2 ½ miles to the west of the landing and at this time the whole swamp has about one foot of water nearly fresh all over it. There are no ducks but teal now in the ponds it being to early for the others to come south but Davis says that he has seen the ponds full of Mallards and other large ducks. Got out of the swamp about 6 p.m. very much fatigued having walked at least 30 miles in the day. Ate a hearty supper of bird stew and slept on deck under a mosquitos bar it being the first time a bar has been necessary the mosquitos are very thick on the plain and not many in the swamp.

1896: May Johnson recorded in her diary: Bright, Sun. Oct. 18, 1896. I arose 8 o’clock, dressed, did work, had breakfast, dressed, went to Church, after Church Mr. Fritot walked home with Myra, she decided to go to Mary’s, came up with us, he came home with me, sat on piazza talking awhile, he left, I had dinner, laid down awhile, Myra came here, I dressed, she fixed up, we walked out to La Brisa, Earle went to Myra’s with me, to Mattie’s, to dinner. Lena and I walked home together, came to bed. PLEASANT.

1906: A Category 2 hurricane crossed the Upper Keys, causing damage to the Overseas Railroad under construction. The storm hit the railroad construction crew without warning, killing 164, most when a houseboat sunk.

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