Key West's Captain Tony's Saloon

FLORIDA - Located in Key West, Florida, Captain Tony's Saloon has a rich history. It was a favorite watering hole of Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway. It also hosted famous authors and celebrities. The bar is still a popular destination for locals and tourists.

Key West's Captain Tony's Saloon

The bar's history started in the early 1860s when it was built as an icehouse and morgue. It was then turned into a wireless telegraph station during the Spanish-American War. It was later turned into a cigar factory. The current building has been in many different hands.

The bar has many ghostly legends. One is the Lady in Blue. The lady in blue was a woman who stabbed her husband and two children to death. She was covered in blood, and her dress was the same blue as her family.

Another ghost is the skeletal remains found under the floorboards of the old room. The workers found the remains of about 20 people. Some of these bodies were buried under the floor, while others were still waiting for an autopsy.

In 1989, Captain Tony Tarracino became the mayor of Key West. He also became the owner of Sloppy Joe's Saloon. He changed the name to Captain Tony's Saloon.

Several famous people have haunted the building. Truman Capote and Jimmy Buffett frequented the bar, and it is said that Jimmy Buffett immortalized the bar in his song "Last Mango in Paris."

Another legend involves the Lady in Blue. She came to the bar looking for her husband. The young mother brought her baby with her. When she walked into the restroom, she was surprised to see her husband carousing with another man.