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Historic Key West - OU069B

 The Southernmost point buoy is an anchored concrete buoy in Key West, Florida.

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N 24° 32.792' W 81° 47.847' (WGS84)

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 Location: United States > Florida
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Archived
 Date Hidden: 20 September 2013
 Date Created: 20 September 2013
 Last Modified: 06 April 2016
 Waypoint: OU069B


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The Southernmost point buoy is an anchored concrete buoy in Key West, Florida marking one of the extreme points of the United States. The large painted buoy is a tourist attraction established in 1983 by the city at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street.

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. During the day there are usually several street vendors present selling various souvenirs and conch shells.

The History Of The Southernmost Point.

Black residents used the beach immediatly west of the Southernmost Point because it was adjacent to their community and they were not allowed to use the "white" beach from Duval Street to Simonton Street. In the summer of 1942 shortly after the start of WWII, the Navy placed a chain link fence around the land so it could no longer be used by civilians. The black population's only access to the ocean at that point became the foot of Whitehead Street until desegration in the mid 1960's. Black fisherman used the area to store boats and clean their catch, which would be strung on a line to be sold to locals and taken home. The shellfish-conchs-were also brought ashore, killed and cleaned. In the mid 1960's one could still buy "a string of conchs" for only a couple of dollars. Conch shells became a desirable souvenir with the advent of the sight-seeing train in 1958. By the 1970's Albert Kee and his father, "Yankee" Kee had become fixtures along the route blowing conch horns as the train came by.

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9 06 April 2016 KnowsOpie Cache archived

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1 12 March 2015 Cachew Knutz Found it

We had visited this location years ago on a land trip, but this time we visited by boat.  After a few crazy days in Key West we're looking forward to some more sedate anchorages like those we left in the Dry Tortugas and the Marquesas Keys; we sailed right past this southernmost point on our way to Newfound Harbor by Big Pine Key and then Bahia Honda.

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1 31 December 2012 EoTwP Found it

With DaZie62 on our Fl road trip, New Years in Key West!  Awesome! T4TV!