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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

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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

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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)

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Photo Caption: U.S. Navy men walk down Duval Street in Key West, Fla., Jan. 23, 1912, in a parade to honor the Key West arrival of Henry Flagler's first Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad train. Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Public Library.

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Artists from the Art Guild of the Purple Isles and Island Christian School finalize a 60-foot-wide outdoor mural Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in Key Largo, Fla. The mural at mile marker 95 depicts Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad. The artwork is being created to honor the Jan. 22, 2012, centennial anniversary of the completion of the "railroad that went to sea" that remained in operation until September 1935. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

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Traffic rolls Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Key Largo, Fla., on the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys. On Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation officials marked the completion of the almost seven-year, $330 million construction project that provides a safer drive to and from the Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Traffic rolls Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, on the middle portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys. On Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation officials marked the completion of the almost seven-year, $330 million construction project that provides a safer drive to and from the Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Amy Pierson, left, and Ken Mausolf ride in a convertible car Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, near Key Largo, Fla., on the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys. Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation officials marked the completion of the almost seven-year, $330 million construction project that provides a safer drive to and from the Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Traffic rolls Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Key Largo, Fla., on the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys. On Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation officials marked the completion of the almost seven-year, $330 million construction project that provides a safer drive to and from the Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Official logo to commemorate the Federal Highway Administration's designation of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway as an All-American road on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009.

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Vehicular traffic rolls on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway's Jewfish Creek Bridge, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in Key Largo, Fla., past a newly placed sign designating the road's status as an All-American Road.  Friday, federal transportation officials announced that the Keys 110-mile-long thoroughfare, with 42 bridges over water, was one of five highways to receive an All-American Road designation. Thus far, 31 American roads are designated as "All-American" by the National Scenic Byways program directed by the Federal Highway Administration. Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Vehicular traffic rolls on the Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys.  Federal transportation officials announced Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, that the Florida Keys Overseas Highway road, with 42 bridges over water, was one of five highways to receive the prestigious All-American Road designation. Thus far, 31 American roads are designated as "All-American" by the National Scenic Byways program, directed by the Federal Highway Administration. The span on the right is historic and no longer used for traffic. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Vehicular traffic rolls on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in Key Largo, Fla.  Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, federal transportation officials announced that the Keys thoroughfare, with 42 bridges over water, was one of five highways to receive an All-American Road designation. Thus far, 31 American roads are designated as "All-American" by the National Scenic Byways program directed by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Vehicular traffic rolls on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in Islamorada, Fla.  Friday, federal transportation officials announced that the Keys 110-mile-long thoroughfare, with 42 bridges over water, was one of five highways to receive an All-American Road designation. Thus far, 31 American roads are designated as "All-American" by the National Scenic Byways program directed by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Rudy Nichols, a Florida Department of Transportation sign crew leader, positions a placard designating the Florida Keys Overseas Highway as an All-American Road Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, on top of the Jewfish Creek Bridge in Key Largo, Fla. Friday, federal transportation officials announced that the Keys road, with 42 bridges over water, was one of five highways to receive the prestigious accolade. Thus far, 31 American roads are designated as All-American by the National Scenic Byways program directed by the Federal Highway Administration. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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Amy Pierson, left, and Ken Mausolf drive on the "18-mile Stretch" near Key Largo, Fla.,  that connects the Florida Keys to the South Florida mainland Thursday, May 22, 2008. The road features a concrete median barrier to help eliminate head-on collisions. The barrier's Belize blue color was chosen by marine artist Wyland to match Florida Keys' waters and skies. NO SALES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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This picture shows a panorama view of the Jewfish Creek Bridge on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway in Key Largo, Fla., Thursday, May 22, 2008. The $93 million, 1 1/4-mile-long bridge was a facet of a $300 million project to build a new and safer 18-mile segment of U.S. Highway 1 that connects the Keys with the southern Florida mainland. NO SALES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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A parade of cars roll cross the Jewfish Creek Bridge on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway in Key Largo, Fla., Thursday, May 22, 2008. The $93 million bridge was a facet of a $300 million project to build a new and safer "18-mile Stretch" into the Keys. NO SALES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)