03/10/2011 ~ At the regularly scheduled Utility Board meeting on Wednesday, March 9th, Key West Historic Marker #22 was unveiled in conjunction with Historic Markers, Inc.
The Key West Historic Marker Project was created by Bruce Neff after his involvement with Keys Energy Servicesí (KEYS) to preserve the legacy of the Gato family via the Gato Village Pocket Park in 2008, which was the former site of a retired electrical substation. After the Pocket Park project Neff sought ways to further preserve the history of Key West for residents and visitors alike which would highlight points of historical interest around Key West and provide historical narratives via information printed on the markers as well as a free audio walking tour corresponding to the historic markers.
KEYS sponsored the 22nd marker in the project which highlights the history of electricity in Key West which dates back to 1887, a mere seven years after Thomas A. Edison invented the first commercially viable electric light bulb. Additional historical information about electricity in Key West can be obtained by visiting the Key West Historic Marker Tour website at www.KWHMT.org, or by calling into the free audio walking tour at (305) 507-0300 and selecting the 22nd Marker.