Rainbow Intersection

Wow, this is so subtle that I barely noticed it while walking down Key West’s #1 tourist road Duval Street.

OK, for those who don’t know, Key West has a large alternative lifestyle community and this is their corner on Duval Street. Seen here is a 4-way stop intersection with multi-color stripes designating the crossings rather than the customary black & white that are painted throughout the rest of the city. This is the ONLY intersection like this in Key West. If you look close, you can see a flag on the left corner lamp post that matches the street crossing stripes.

You can see this rainbow colored intersection crossings at the corner of Petronia Street & Duval Street.

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Korean War Memorial

IMG_4255Welcome to one of Key West’s LEAST seen monuments… the Korean War Memorial!

Referred to as the ‘Forgotten War’, the Korean War began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea. The war lasted 3-years, 1-month & 2-days from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. I encourage you to stop by and pay tribute to those brave men & women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our liberties & rights as Americans!

First find your way to Bayview Park near the corner of N. Roosevelt Blvd. & Pearl Street. It’s here at Bayview Park’s northernmost side exactly in front of the parking area beside the Vietnam Memorial just a few feet from the sidewalk. The parks biggest building is a gazebos, if you find this you can see it from here just a stones throw north.

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Crane Road Topper

IMG_9590I don’t know who did it… but I love it! And ‘NO’… it was not done by the city, this was an individual expression of artistic interpretation! This is just another example of expecting anything on your drive in the Florida Keys.

All we need are the two crains fighting over a guava to make the intersection a complete total hoot!

You can find this corner crain street sign topper at the corner of Crain Street & Guava Avenue at Mile Marker 58.2 on US-1 bayside.

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Key West’s Roaring Tiger!

It’s BACK, after a several year hiatus, this former high school welded mascot has made a ROARING COMEBACK! 🙂

The building it now sits in front of has been going though recent changes from a school to the new government city hall. The tiger itself was removed years ago and has been painstakingly refurbished looking BRAND NEW as it did originally all those years ago. If you don’t know, the tiger was a gift from former welding students and presented to the then high school at this same address and located on the same corner it sits today.

You can find this former high school welded ‘Tiger Mascot’ in front new city hall on White Street in Key West. There’s at least one more awesome welded school mascot in town that I’ll report on in the future so stay tuned!

    

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State Road 4A’s Former Glory

Welcome to one of the Keys NEWEST historical markers!

This newly erected marker celebrates State Road 4A’s former glory and importance to the Florida Keys infrastructure.  Completed in 1928, its two separate road segments were connected only by ferry service till 1935 when a hurricane claiming over 400 lives stopped all construction forever. Since the hurricane, most of State Road 4A was abandoned or turned into local streets. A small portion of it can be seen in the background and is now part of the Florida Keys ‘Heritage Trail’.

Y0u can find one of the Florida Keys NEWEST historical markers at Mile Marker 24.7 on US-1 bayside.

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Key Largo Inn’s Rooftop Mural

There are so many beautiful murals along the 126.7 miles of Florida Keys that you tend to miss some merely because of the quantity. In the past I’ve spotlighted the Oceanic K-Mart in Marathon & the Dive Center Mural directly across the street from this, the Key Largo Inn. Case & Point, so many people stop and photograph the dive center taking little notice in its single story neighbor. Well, that all ends now, this unique mural adorns an equally quaint structure of its own. I’ve always said that I was going to stay in the Keys one weekend without traveling down the entire way to Key West but have yet to fulfil that desire. What a sight that would be to wake up to in the morning seeing such beautiful murals on both sides of the street and then starting your tourist list by winging-it and hitting every side road & dirt road wondering what might be around the next corner. Awe, my kind of exploring with no time limit and no agenda! 🙂

You can find this magnificently mural laden Inn on the northbound traffic side of the split US-1 in Key Largo at Mile Marker 99.2. OK, if you get lost just look for the 4-story 4-sided mural painted Dive Shop that dominates the center median portion across the street!

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Key West’s POT of GOLD!

Ever wanted to be a REAL Leprechaun for about 10-seconds? Here’s your chance! Welcome to one of Key West’s newest photo headboards!

Though each photo headboard in town is different, there’s literally dozens of these scattered around old town. All of which are FREE and seldom is there ever a waiting line for one of these photo-ops as this couple did!

You can find this ‘Pot of GOLD’ photo headboard at the entrance of Irish Kevin’s Bar at 211 Duval Street here in Key West just a few doors down from the World-Famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

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Key West’s Oldest House’s HIDDEN Monument

8341589305_aaf8dc781f_bThis monument is in deed hard to find unless you know exactly where to look… that my friends is where I come in! Almost every Key West resident (known as Conchs) knows where the oldest house in town is. I’d bet a freshly baked key lime pie that well over half of them couldn’t tell you where the house’s stone monument is located!

Built in 1829 by a ship’s carpenter out of pine & cedar, this home was once located a block away and moved here by mules and rolling logs. This one-and-a-half story home has 3 unmistakable dormers across its front roof above an equally impressive full-length front porch. Having survived 184 years worth of hurricanes, several fires along with an unforgiving corrosive ocean environment this place was built to last. It’s not only Key West’s oldest, it’s also the oldest house in south Florida!

I’m sure at one time the coral monument was visible from the street, now days a white picket fence and stair extension hide it from site! I’ve include a photo below showing a portion of Duval Street, the sidewalk, picket fence, stairs and then the hidden monument.

Now you too can find this little seen historical tribute to everlasting workmanship at 322 Duval Street. Seeing the monument is FREE, a tour of the home on the other hand is not.

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Florida Key’s First Lighthouse

Believe it or not, this is the Florida Key’s FIRST lighthouse! Yes this is a lighthouse and yes it does work. Get this, it has no historical or navigational significance and can’t even be seen from the sea! The lighthouse gets its title strictly due to its location not by when it was built.

This is the first lighthouse in the Florida Keys that you’ll encounter on your drive towards Key West. It’s also the first bait shop of the Keys too!

This ‘Beacon Of Bait’ is located at the southernmost end of Florida City standing in front of a local bait shop at Mile Marker 127 bayside.

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Mosaic Compass

Welcome to Key West’s BRAND SPANKING NEW mosaic compass! It’s truly beautiful and measures about 8 feet across.

This is so brand new that I was almost able to put my handprint in the wet cement! 🙂 Seriously, it just been completed and open to the public for all to see FREE of charge! I personally know of at least two other compasses in town but this is on one of Key West’s busiest streets and very EASY to find.

You can come by and see Key West’s BRAND SPANKING NEW mosaic compass located directly in front of City Hall on White Street.

     

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