Key West Cemetery, Key West
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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After many visits finally made it here. USS Maine Memorial and many classic headstones. There’s a map at the entrance to help finding I told you I was sick and I’m just resting my eyes more »
I really enjoyed finding all the special graves, including “I told you I was sick!” Be sure to get a guide sheet so you can find all the highlights more »
The Key West Cemetery is alive with history, one-of-a-kind grave markers since 1847 (& a couple transferred from old Key West Cemetery, various lizards, roosters & chickens, strolling visitors, international airport jets flying low overhead (landing approach). Still an active cemetery, including cemetery tours or self-tour maps. Admiring the unique headstones/foot-stones, humorous quotes, “Remember the Maine” disaster memorial, plus will take hours, if not weeks. A “Run-A-Way Bill” Favorite Key West attraction. 03.21.19
Really great old cemetery. See if you can find the grave of the man who lived to be 108 and lived 65 of those years as an honest man. The rest of his years were lived as a privateer! What stories he must have been able to tell.
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