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BLUE HEAVEN ROOSTER GRAVEYARD

Down in Key West at 729 Thomas Street at the Blue Heaven restaurant there is a rooster cemetery in the courtyard. Resting at peace here are several fighting cocks and even a few cats that belonged to Ernest Hemingway who lived a couple blocks away. The Blue Heaven in Key West’s Bahamian neighborhood was once a place where gamblers came to bet on cock fights. Some of Key West’s free roaming chickens are descendants of the old fighting roosters. Over the past hundred years, the Blue Heaven has been a bordello, an ice cream parlor, a tavern, dance hall, pool hall, and was once known for its Friday night boxing matches that were frequently refereed by Ernest Hemingway.

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