Originally posted July 2017
The Casa Antigua is an integral part of Key West history.
One of Key West’s first built hotels. In 1919. By Benjamin Trevor and George Morris. Constructed with bricks from Fort Zachary Taylor and a building torn down at the time across the street. The Casa Antigua located at the corner of Simonton Street and Rose Lane.
The facility was named the Trev-Mor Hotel. On the first floor was a Ford distributorship also called the Trev-Mor.
Ernest Hemingway is primarily responsible for the building’s historical notoriety. He and wife Pauline arrived from Paris. they were on their way to New York. Intended to drive. Pauline’s uncle had bought them a new Ford which they were to pick up at the Trev-Mor distributorship.
The car was not waiting for the Hemingways. Late in arriving. They were told it would be there in two days. Ernest and Pauline put into the Trev-Mor Hotel to await its arrival.
Two days turned into ten before the car arrived. In those ten days, Hemingway discovered Key West. He fell in love with Key West. Remained ten years.
During the time, he wrote A Farewell to Arms.
There are other stories concerning the Casa Antigua. They remain for another day to tell. Except for the most recent one.
A new Key West attraction opened two weeks ago on the first floor. The Key West Room Escape. Sound’s like a fun place!
Sort of a search and find items of Key West historical significance.
Teams of up to eight customers are locked in a room. The room filled with all kinds of objects. The team has sixty minutes to find a hidden item. Like the missing page of a manuscript.
Clues are given. An announcer behind a window gives hot and cold clues.
The cost is $35 for an adult and $25 for 16 and under.
Sounds like a fun place. My game plan is to take Robert and Ally.
Did a late Hot Dog Church yesterday afternoon. The Back Door empty, except for Donna, Terri and Laurie. Spent a couple of humorous hours before returning home.
I continue to run tired. Kept to home basically the past few days. See the heart doctor at 5 today for the results of last week’s tests.
The semblance of a storm forming in the Gulf 50 miles off Tampa. Not a hurricane. Right now a tropical depression. Result of low pressure. Not expected to become a big deal.
There will be big time rain today and tomorrow however as a result. Winds will not be of consequence.
Appears hurricane season as a practical matter is around the corner.
East Martello Fort is going to get a $2 million repair job. Money coming from grants.
East Martello is a Civil War Fort. Built by the Union to help in warding off Confederacy ships. The Confederacy ships never arrived.
One hundred fifty five years old. Time again for a touch up.
Two strange events of a similar nature occurred in 1975.
On this date, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. On September 9, Key West Fire Chief and convicted drug dealer Bum Farto disappeared. Both swiftly swept off by third parties never to be seen again.
Farto’s disappearance left Key West with a famous saying. On tee shirts, in the media and conversation: Bum Farto Where Are You?
Multi-talented Terri White coming over later to change a shower fixture and put together a new desk chair for me. The benefits of having a lesbian wife.
Enjoy your day!