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Key West - Florida

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Key West monument marking the southernmost point in the continental United States is located in Key West, Florida, at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street.

When Catherine and I left Washington DC, she flew home, but I still had some vacation left so I flew to Fort Lauderdale, rented a car and drove to Key West Florida.

These two markers lie next to the above Key West marker. The one on the left says "In honor of the generousity of the people of the United States to the people of Cuba. Dedicated in honor of the thousands of cubans who have lost their lives at sea looking for freedom and social justice in this great melting pot of America ..." The marker on the right says "This monument establishes the southern most point of the united states..."

While I was in Key West, I stayed at the Marriott Courtyard. Above is a photo of my room.

A view from my hotel room.

In Key West Florida, you can see both sunrise and sunsets over water.

Key West is a city and an island of the same name near the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys.

Many of the residents of Key West were immigrants from the Bahamas, known as Conchs (pronounced 'conks'). Currently many residents of Key West refer to themselves as "Conchs", and the term is now generally applied to all residents of Key West. Some residents use the term "Conch" to refer to a person born in Key West, while the term "Fresh Water Conch" refers to a resident not born in Key West but who has lived in Key West for seven years or more. However, the true original meaning of Conch applies only to someone with European ancestry that immigrated from the Bahamas. It is said that when a baby was born, the family would put a conch shell on a pole in front of their home.

Beach at Key West.

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