I also recently finished 'Truman' by David McCullogh. I really liked that book too. My respect and appreciation for what he did during his life and presidency rose considerably. In fact, shortly after his death, he was ranked as the 5th most admired president.
Can you guess those ahead of him?
To further our historical interests last week, we went to see the Ernest Hemingway House and the Little White House here in Key West.
Ernest Hemingway heard of Key West while in Paris and first visited in 1929. His wife's uncle bought the house for $8000 in 1931. Hemingway and his wife Pauline lived there nine years.
The tour of the Hemingway House was very good. We had a guide who really knew some great details and history of the home and about the life of Ernest Hemingway.
Gladly, we were able to take pictures throughout the house. There are about 40 six-toed cats who live there and one was taking a siesta while we made our way through a bedroom.
While Hemingway was traveling, his wife had a $20,000 swimming pool built which was the only one in the Florida Keys at the time.
Most of the furnishings in there as they were in the 1930's. It was a large home on one acre and restored for living similar to that time.
Behind the house was an old carriage house that was remodeled into a studio/apartment where Hemingway did his writing. The tour was very good and well worth it.
Later in the week, we got tickets to the Little White House. The building was originally constructed in 1890 for US naval officers and was built right on the waterfront. Later the Key West harbor was dredged and more land was added. Sadly, government buildings were built in front and the view of the water was gone by the time Harry Truman visited for a much needed rest.
After 19 months in office he was in need of a rest and went to Key West. Over his presidency, he returned many times, eventually spending 175 days there.
So there are two stops on the tourist agenda you might want to consider. Both give some historical impact to the city and are well done.
That is all for now on the Roadrunner Chronicles. Thanks for joining us! Until next time...