Saturday, November 16, 2013

Points On the Map-- Part 6: The Southernmost Point

A painted concrete buoy, erected in 1983, at the corner of South and Whitehead streets in Key West, Florida (pop. 24,649) marks the southernmost point in the continental United States. It draws nearly a million visitors a year-- almost all with cameras. //// Key West Mayor Craig Cates, 60, likes to say: "We could make a lot of money for the city if we had a dollar for every photo." //// Actually, cartograophers list Ballast Key, a privately owned island in the Florida Keys, as the official southernmost point, but Key West gets the public honors with its stunning ocean view and the fact the buoy is just 90 miles from Cuba. //// The buoy sits right where a Western Union cable once connected with Cuba. A nearby plaque commemorates Cubans who have drowned trying to escape Castro's Cuba. //// We used to stay at the Southernmost Motel right close by that buoy. //// The buoy reads: The Conch republic (with logo) // 90 Miles to Cuba // Southernmost // Point // Continental // U.S.A. // Key Wesy, Fl // Home of the Sunset. //// No Doubt, Those Sunsets Are Outstanding. --RoadDog

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