At 907 Whitehead Street in Key West is Ernest Hemingway’s home. Which today is a museum as well as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
It was a place dear to Ernest’s heart that he spent over 10 years living and writing there. He even built an in-ground pool a true luxury for a home in the 1930s. The pool was dug by hand in solid coral rock. Since there was no fresh water at the time the pool was filled with salt water. The process of filling the pool took three days. After the pool was filled, the salt water in the pool was good for three or four days at which time it was drained and cleaned which took two to three days. Then the process would start all over again.
The Hemingway House is also known for their cats. Ernest loved cats and received a six-toed cat from a sea-captain as a gift. Almost all of the cats on the property (40 to 50) are direct descendents of that first cat. He loved his cats so much that there is actually a cat graveyard on the property.
Here are some views from around the property. If you look carefully at the last picture you may notice that the fountain flows into a urinal that Hemingway took from Sloppy Joe’s Bar when it was relocating. He used it as a water trough for his cats.