Today in Keys History – Sept. 28, 2022

1929 – A Category 3 hurricane passed over Key Largo. The lowest barometer reading recorded in the Keys was 27.99. Damage was slight because of the very small population of the Upper Keys.

1940 – The Navy announced that a contract had been negotiated to construct a freshwater pipeline from the mainland to Key West.

1944 – Colonel Sherman E. Willard relieved Colonel Ralph E. Hill as Commanding Officer Army Barracks Key West.

1955 – Two Navy airmen on watch escaped injury when a small but violent tornado struck Boca Chica Naval Air Station and tore two blimps from their moorings and blew them a half a mile into the mangroves with the men inside. Both airships were badly damaged.

1976 – The winners in the runoff election were: William A. Freeman, sheriff; Roger Swift, school board; Richard Kerr, county commissioner and J. Burton Frierson III, Florida Keys Authority board.

Information compiled by Tom Hambright, Historian Emeritus, Florida Keys History Center, Monroe County Public Library

Image: Workers installing the Navy water pipeline C 1940. Wright Langley Collection. Florida Keys History Center, Monroe County Public Library. https://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/9277263050

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