The Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key’s interesting history are well told through the displays and artifacts on Pigeon Key. Originally was the old Seven Miles Bridge-22 feet wide with no shoulder, and a two-lane highway built atop Henry Flagler’s historic train track. The guard rails on the side were created out of the rustling railroad tracks.
With blue water below and blue sky above, visitors are completely drawn to that yellow line down the middle and the narrow pavement on either side. There was no room for error on the original Seven Mile Bridge, site of many tragic accidents.
A 5-acre island Pigeon Key is through many of its 11 historic buildings- Pidgeon Key housed the workers who built the Seven Mile Bridge from 1908 to 1912 for railroad magnate Henry Flagler, a partner of John D. Rockefeller. The story includes the 1935 Labor Day hurricane that killed some 400, including 250 World War 1 vets washed to sea from work camps. The hurricane destroyed the railroad line and Flagler sold the bridge to the U.S. Government. The Old Railroad Bridges foundation was used to build a bridge for vehicles.
Those who visit the Seven Mile Bridges and the Island of Pigeon Key find several pleasures. It’s a joyful time to spend here on this historic island and wander its picturesque 100-year-old cottages and palm trees. Picnic tables are available and you may stay after the tours, the whole day. Snorkeling on Pigeon Key and exploring water around the Pigeon Key dock, is another recreation to enjoy. Pidgeon Key is surrounded by water rich in sea life, and there are schools of colorful fish. You can lunch under the chickee hut at the end of the dock, the breeze blowing and the blueness of the water and sky dazzling your senses.
There are many different tours via ferry. You can walk or bike the island, fishing is permitted on a catch-release basis. In this area, including Marathon there are famous renowned places to visit: No Name Pub worth finding on Big Pine Key- Indian Key: Kayak into history- Long Key: Beach Camping in the Keys- Curry Hammock State Park: Beachside camping, safe swimming, nice kayak trail-seeing Key Deer on Big Pine Key. Located at mile marker 47.5 -2010 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Open daily 9:30 am to 4 pm (305) 743-5999.