Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Atsena Otie Key

Off of Florida's Nature Coast, near Cedar Key, you'll find Atsena Otie Key, a charming little island whose claim to fame - as far as I'm concerned anyhow - is having been mentioned in Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. (Historically speaking, it was also instrumental in the first and second Seminole Wars, in the Civil War "Battle of Cedar Key" and the taking of the USS Somerset, but, well, we each have our frames of reference.)

Though its heyday is over (it once was home to a thriving community), the 'ghost town' remains of the settlement linger on - along with a fishing pier, toilet facilities, and a walking trail to a 19th century cemetery.

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