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Seven Mile Bridges 01

Pigeon Key, the one-time base camp for the workers that constructed Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad is both an educational center and a visitor attraction featuring a small museum that pays homage to railroad that opened in January 1912 and ceased operations in September 1935. Flaglers' original Seven Mile Bridge bisects the island on the right, while today's modern day bridge is on the left. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Seven Mile Bridges 02

The historic old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys near Marathon, Fla., is shown at right, cutting through Pigeon Key, a small island that once housed workers who aided the effort to build Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad. The more modern span, completed in 1982, is at left. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Seven Mile Bridges 03

Traffic rolls on the Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys. The span is the longest of 42 bridges over water that help to comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, the only All-American Road in Florida. The span on the right is historic and no longer used for traffic. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Marathon Pigeon Key 01

MARATHON, Florida Keys -- About two miles west of Marathon, nestled beneath what is now called the Old Seven Mile Bridge, lies Pigeon Key. The five-acre island once served as a base camp for workers during construction of the original Seven Mile Bridge, the centerpiece of Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railway. A museum on the island chronicles the construction of the railorad. Accessible by ferry, Pigeon Key also welcomes many visitors who walk or bike to it along a scenic portion of the Old Seven Mile Bridge, closed to vehicular traffic since 2007. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Marathon Pigeon Key 02

MARATHON, Florida Keys -- About two miles west of Marathon, nestled beneath what is now called the Old Seven Mile Bridge, lies Pigeon Key. The five-acre island once served as a base camp for workers during construction of the original Seven Mile Bridge, the centerpiece of Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railway. A museum on the island chronicles the construction of the railorad. Accessible by ferry, Pigeon Key also welcomes many visitors who walk or bike to it along a scenic portion of the Old Seven Mile Bridge, closed to vehicular traffic since 2007. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Turtle Hospital 01

A Turtle Hospital staffer, right, shows visitors to the center a female green sea turtle that underwent treatment for intestinal ailments. Visitors to the Florida Keys can tour the world's only state-certified veterinary hospital for sea turtles located in Marathon, Fla. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Turtle Hospital 02

A Turtle Hospital staffer shows visitors to the center an oxygen delivery system used by veterinarians when performing surgery on sea turtles. Visitors to the Florida Keys can tour the world's only state-certified veterinary hospital for sea turtles located in Marathon, Fla.(Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Dolphin Research Center 01

A little girl gets a chance of a lifetime, shaking the flippers of a dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key near Marathon, Fla. The center is one of several venues in the Florida Keys that provides interactive opportunities to learn about the intelligent mammals. Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau

Old Seven Mile Bridge Biker

A man bikes on the Old Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, Fla. The bridge, which is only open to pedestrian traffic, is a popular biking, running and walking spot for visitors and locals. The modern Seven Mile Bridge, pictured on the left, is the longest of 42 bridges over water that help to comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, the only All-American Road in Florida. Photo by Laurence Norah/Florida Keys News Bureau