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Southernmost Point?

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 October 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

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.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 35 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely detailed image

24 Oct 2013 6:06am

claudie from le havre, France

Beau détail !!belle image !!

24 Oct 2013 6:32am

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland


24 Oct 2013 7:18am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

ha ha . . fascinating dialog here and I can well-imagine the debate.

24 Oct 2013 8:16am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Super shot of this distinctive landmark - and another great story in this series as well.

24 Oct 2013 8:56am

franz from Baden, Austria

"appearances are deceiving" comes to mind after reading your info text ... nevertheless, it's an attractive "monument" and a remarkable place, "continental" or not ... ;-)

24 Oct 2013 10:13am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Great shot, Steven, and I think I can safely say it's at least a jump-off spot for a 90-mile swim! ;D

24 Oct 2013 12:37pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Ah! Why let the truth get in the way if a good story!?

24 Oct 2013 1:51pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture of the point !

24 Oct 2013 2:19pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Un "monument" original, superbe shot. Bonne journée.

24 Oct 2013 4:18pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Ha ha. The may think of themselves living in a small continent while the rest of the US is in a big island. Excellent capture and very interesting description.

24 Oct 2013 5:43pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Interesting history! Lovely capture - the light and clarity are lovely

24 Oct 2013 6:24pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Interesting monument.

24 Oct 2013 7:34pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Interesting information! They certainly painted it nicely. Wonderful ocean in the background!

24 Oct 2013 8:56pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Been there a few times, "continental" or not.

24 Oct 2013 9:23pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot!

24 Oct 2013 9:43pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

At first glance I thought it was some sort of beverage :-))) Great shot of this interesting "landmark" !!! The colors and light are fabulous ...

24 Oct 2013 10:34pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is terrific.

24 Oct 2013 11:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine image. for lots of people coming the other way, it has been a symbol of freedom

25 Oct 2013 12:28am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante couleurs aussi

25 Oct 2013 7:41am