Southernmost marker, Key West, Florida.
Southernmost marker, Key West, Florida.

Southernmost Point in Continental USA

Field review by the editors.

Key West, Florida

Whenever the winter chill sets records in much of the country, those in the know huddle around the pot-bellied stove-like monument marking the Southernmost Point in the United States.

The marker, actually built to resemble a buoy, stands at furthest south tip of Key West. The monument notes that Cuba is only 90 miles away, and just to its right, a plaque commemorates the brave Cubans who have drowned trying to get to America, "The Leader In Democracy." In the blocks around the Monument are numerous other "Southernmosts" -- hotel, house, restaurant, etc.

On the top of the monument is painted the logo of The Conch Republic. In the 1970s Key West, seeking to enhance its reputation as a free-wheeling, fun-loving, party-without-consequence kind of town, seceded from the United States, declaring itself The Conch Republic (Every April, a ten-day party celebrates the event). But if that's the case, then the Southernmost Point in the U.S. is actually one key up, in Boca Chica.

Update: Tipster Robert Burr clarifies for us that the Southernmost Point Marker is not at mile marker 0 on US 1. "US 1 (Truman Avenue locally), ends one block west of Duval Street (the main drag) at Whitehead Street, at the courthouse. The sign reading, "END US 1," with a green mile marker zero (often stolen), is at a four-way stop sign which few would consider the end of any road, but, in fact, it is the end of US 1, at least one mile from the southernmost marker."

Remembering the brave of Cuba.
Remembering the brave of Cuba.

And there are slightly further bits of land, though not celebrated with a concrete marker: "Many points at Harry Truman Annex and Fort Zachary Taylor are located further south, but not accessible to traffic. The South Beach Motel, which includes a land fill, actually runs farther south than the marker, to be precise."

Tipster Jacob further clarifies that Key West can only claim to be the southernmost point in the continental U.S. The big island of Hawaii is farther south.

Southernmost Point in Continental USA

South St., Key West, FL
Follow US 1 south until you can drive no further. At the corner of Whitehead and South Sts.
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Statue of the Conch-Blowing GreeterStatue of the Conch-Blowing Greeter, Key West, FL - < 1 mi.
Cigar Monument to Factory WorkerCigar Monument to Factory Worker, Key West, FL - < 1 mi.
Ernest Hemingway's Museum and CatsErnest Hemingway's Museum and Cats, Key West, FL - < 1 mi.
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Key West Cemetery: Wacky Epitaphs, Key West, FL - < 1 mi.

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