First stop is the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park which was formerly a quarry for Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad in the 1900s. After the railroad was built, the quarry continued to operate until the 1960s producing decorative stone called Keystone. The visitor center had some information on the railroad.
Once the quarry closed, the property was going to be sold for apartments. Locals found this out and decided to promote protecting the site.
Today, there are 1.5 miles of trails with lots of signs for plants and trees.
I was starting to get winded from the climb up to the highest point in the keys. We were at 18 feet above sea level. Whew! After coming down off the peak, I need to take a pause to recover.
I am so easily amused and 'yes' I did laugh at myself when I wrote this.
Seriously every foot in elevation matters in the Keys.
The quarry’s cut large blocks of limestone. Some of the walls were 8-foot tall. In the walls were ancient coral.
The coral fans were huge and very well preserved.
Quarry machineries are still in the park
We visited another brewery. Nice place. Good live music and food.
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