Sorry I haven't blogged in a long time, but I have been in South Florida/Caribbean the last few weeks. Currently I'm working on a project focused on the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. It has been an honor to talk with Jerry Wilkinson, who is the president of the historical preservation society of the Upper Keys. The wealth of knowledge Mr. Wilkinson has on the 1935 Hurricane is second to none. If you refer to the image above (courtesy of Micahel Laca - tropmet.com), you can see the rescue train derailed and what's left of Leo Washington's house. With the help of Mr. Wilkinson, we have located the exact spot of Leo Washington's house and can now locate, within a few feet, where the train box cars (engine & tender stayed on the tracks) rested after a storm surge of 15-20 feet swept it off the FEC tracks around 8:30pm September 2nd, 1935. Pretty darn cool!
Also, I had the great opportunity to talk to a survivor of the 1935 Hurricane. Here is what I posted on facebook. This is only the beginning, as there will be much more to come!
"Another amazing day in the Upper Keys! Had the chance to interview Paul Everett Albury Jr., a survivor of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. He was 8 years old at the time of the storm. The house he was in with his family/friends floated about 250 feet to the south side of the FEC railroad tracks at mile marker 92."