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Truman in the Florida Keys

Three Presidents of the United States have stayed on the Island of Duck Key at the resort.

Visitors to the Florida Keys are usually unaware that a favorite refuge of President Harry S. Truman was Duck Key and the Indies Inn; now known as Hawks Cay Resort. Truman began visiting the Florida Keys in November of 1946 when a White House physician decreed a vacation was in order so that the President might rid himself of a persistent cold and cough. Truman liked his visit to Key West so much he returned many times to the Florida Keys during and after his presidency. n 1964, the 80 year old former President came to Duck Key and stayed at the Indies Inn. He arrived with his two grandsons, his daughter, Margaret, and her husband, Clifford Daniels, associate editor of the New York Times. Truman held court early each morning with a 30 minute brisk walk just as he did when he was President. A fast walker, Truman expected residents who joined him to kept up with the pace. The people of the Florida Keys are " always cordial and act like they're glad to see us - and of course we're glad to see them."

Truman told reporters he planned to stay on Duck Key for two or three weeks or "as long as my money holds out." Agreeing to having his name given to an "appropriate" landmark on Duck Key he said , "It's an honor to me . You're the ones taking the chance." The Truman Bridge spans the waterway separating Indies Island from the residences of Duck Key.

The former president returned to Duck Key for several winters after that. He swam in local waters, walked island streets, and, if he kept to form, played poker, and drank Kentucky Yellow Stone bourbon.

Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson have also stayed at this best of resorts.

 

For more information on Truman go to

http://www.duckkeyonline.com/duck_key_history/truman_and_duck_key.htm

 

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