Originally known as Camp Panama, Craig Key was a wide spot off of the Overseas Railroad right-of-way. It was originally a flag spot for the railroad before the early 1930s, when Roland W. Craig leased the island from the railroad and by 1935 the island had been named Craig, Florida. The town was completed destroyed in the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane but was rebuilt and prospered as a vacation spot.

The name of the town was officially changed to Craig Key in 1971. In 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation removed all traces of Craig Key after the rebuilding of the Overseas Highway, except for the two islands.

The story of how it came to be isn’t very exciting and is heard of far too common. The owner had the home built and the property developed, but construction was halted due to financial problems, leading to its eventual abandonment.


  1. I would love to see this completed. Quite sad to see it as a dream gone wrong.

  2. Craig Key pictures great. You would think someone would want to come along and finish it so it would be lived in. that’s strange. It has a great view

  3. Super cool place! Love how eerie it looks, the water with the ruins.

  4. I would love to live there! I so wish I could afford it. :'(

  5. I pass this house twice a day for the last 16 years and use that location for the best sunset photography in summer months when the skies are truly dramatic. It always saddens me though to see this shell of a home abandoned, stoically waiting its turn for someone to claim it “their home.” Wish it could me but I just don’t happen to have $3.75M for the purchase.

  6. Where is it exactly?