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We drove the Overseas Highway last week, without ever leaving the United States. The 127 mile long highway is the portion of U.S. Route 1 that goes through the Florida Keys. Most of it was built on the former right-of-way of the Overseas Railroad -- Overseas because it goes through the Florida Keys -- over the Atlantic/Gulf waters surrounding the Keys (islands).
The Overseas Railroad was laid out by Henry Flagler, the nineteenth century oil baron who founded the cities of Miami and Key West and who built the railroad hoping to make the State more viable for commerce. The railroad, sometimes known as Flagler's Folly, closed and the highway was built on most of it. The railroad bridges were open to traffic for a while but now are closed. Some of them are open for pedestrian traffic only, like this one in Bahia Honda State Park:
The historic Old Seven bridge goes from Knight's Key (where we stayed) to Pigeon Key, a distance of 2 miles. It is in danger of being closed even to foot and bicycle traffic and you can see why in the collage below. (The top shadow is mine as I walked it.)
There is a move to gather enough funds to save this historic bridge and I bought the T-Shirt. But the more I look at this rust, the more I wonder whether it can be rescued. (And the more I wonder what the heck I was doing walking there!).