This monument marks what is supposed to be the southernmost point of the continental United States. But the word "continental" is what has me confused. Since Key West is actually an island, is this really part of the continental United States?
The Southernmost point was originally just marked with a sign, which was often stolen. In response to this, the city of Key West erected the now famous concrete buoy in 1983. The concrete buoy is actually an old sewer junction that was dug up in the area and found too heavy and large to move, so it was painted up to look like a buoy. Today it is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Key West.
Photo captured September 25, 2013.
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