Southernmost Point

Southernmost Point, Whitehead St & South St, Key West, FL 33040

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The Southernmost Point Buoy is a significant landmark located in Key West, Florida. It marks the southernmost point of the contiguous United States and is a famous tourist attraction. This enormous painted buoy, situated at the intersection of South Street and Whitehead Street, was established by the city and Mayor Dennis Wardlow on September 10, 1983, to replace a frequently stolen sign that previously marked the location.

The buoy, which is twelve feet tall and seven feet wide, is painted with the words "The Republic of Conch. Key West, Florida, home of the sunset, is the southernmost point of the continental United States, about 90 miles from Cuba." This iconic landmark has typically withstood several hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma in 2017, which caused some damage to its painting. However, it was later restored by the original artist, Danny Acosta.

In addition to its historical significance, the buoy has been involved in community activities and events. For example, a fundraiser was organized to benefit children in both Key West and Minnesota's Northwest Angle, which also has a buoy marking the northernmost point in the contiguous U.S. The Southernmost Point Buoy remains one of the most visited and photographed locations in Key West, making it a must-see for visitors to the island.