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Unique Mailboxes Of The Keys (part #3)

Too cool! All were found just driving around! The Florida Keys are full of a diverse assortment of mailboxes throughout its entire 128 mile stretch. Seen here are three such examples of unique approaches to receiving your US Postal snail mail. They include a caboose replica of the Islamorada welcome center, a symbolic dolphin family frolicking among the waves, and the most unusual (my favorite) for this blog is an undersea diver complete with vintage brass helmet, diving suit and heavy weighted boots.

You can find these and thousands of others on your next trip to Key West both on US-1 and its side roads.

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Patriotic Street Corner Buoy

IMG_9591Does your street corner have a big red, white & blue painted buoy marking it? Believe it or not this one does! 🙂 The Florida Keys never ceases to amaze me, you never know what you’ll find!

Most people give directions to identify where to turn at a particular house or mailbox… not here, this is impossible to drive by without eyeballing (or laughing at it). 🙂 If you can’t tell, its blue base is nothing more than a tire rim which reminds me of one of those Jeff Foxworthy “You might be a redneck if… ” jokes! 🙂

You can find this… oh let’s say “Unique” street corner oddity (to say the least) at Mile Marker 58.2 on US-1 by turning bayside onto Guava Ave. and going to its first corner Crains Street. I promise, you CAN’T miss it… NO ONE CAN!


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Road & Ferry Marker

I wish I could set up a video camera to see how many people per day (IF ANY) stop along the side of the road to read this 3 ft. x 3 ft. white stone with a plague on it… my educated quess would be a grand total of ONLY ME! 🙂 I’ve NEVER seen a single person looking at it EVER!!!!!

This Road & Ferry Marker sits about 12 ft off the main road US-1 southbound against some hedges and is nearly impossible to see as you travel by the gas station & hardware store across the street. It reads: “In April, 1926 Monroe County began construction of a road on the east end of Upper Matecumbe Key to connect with other islands. It eventually made it possible to drive to Key West by using a ferry. The first car drove to Key West on January 25th, 1928 by boarding a ferry here at todays Boy Scout Sea Base and crossing 40 miles of water to No Name Key. Later the ferry docked at Grassy Key, traveling by road to the west end of todays Marathon. From there a ferry crossed to No Name Key. It was on the morning of March 29, 1938 that the daughter of the Cuban Council cut the ribbon opening the road without the ferries by using the widened railway bridges. A toll booth was erected here to collect $1 for car and driver and 25 cents for each additional passenger. The toll was removed in 1954.” Wow, how neat! It’s hard for us to fathom, think about it, the only way to travel to Key West until 1938 was by boat or train and before September 22nd, 1912 (train’s debut) it was ONLY accessible by boat!

You can find this FREE overlooked historical marker at Mile Marker 73.8 on the bayside of US-1.



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Original 1926 Spongeman

IMG_1511I’ve blogged before on the new version of the Spongeman calling him ‘Sponge Bob No Pants’ never knowing if the original still existed… well it does!

In going out to dinner with my aunt & uncle along with my beautiful then wife, we walked around afterwards for a few minutes burning a few calories stumbling upon this! Standing in the corner was the original Spongeman, I was thrilled beyond belief grinning ear-to-ear as if I were a teenage girl seeing Justin Bieber walking by in a mall! 🙂

Without a camera in hand I returned the next morning snapping this Key West historical icon for you. Seen below is an archival photo posted on the stores front door showing the 1926 original picture which is located just to the right of the new version of Spongeman.

You can find this historical creature feature at Mac’s Sea Garden in the ever popular waterfront Harbor Walk district of Key West.


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The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh! The 1939 script by American playwright Eugene O’Neill was made into a 1973 movie of the same name starring Lee Marvin. These scriptless actors are 24 hr ice machines relatively new to the Keys.

When I first saw them a few years ago I wondered “What is that?”. Upon each additional visit I actually laughed at them as more and more began to appear. Now there everywhere and thank goodness, my laughing is gone now giving them praise after needing a bag of ice this past weekend. No matter what time of the day or night, whether the store is open or closed you can get it. Simply take a $5 dollar bill and get your 16 lb bag of ice along with $3 change in quarters… for you non-math majors that’s 12 quarters that seem to weigh more than the bag of ice as you slip them in your pocket walking away leaning to one side! 🙂

You can find these new additions to the Florida Keys along the 127 miles to Key West anywhere ice-needy tourist (and blog writers like me) travel! 🙂

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Mississippi Queen Placard Found In Keys

IMG_3074Wow, does this bring back memories! “Mississippi Queen” is a song by the American rock band Mountain. Considered a rock classic, it was their most successful single, reaching number 21 in the Billboard Hot 100 record chart in 1970. Its most famous lyrics “Mississippi Queen, if you know what I mean” is a direct reference to a Cajun lady around Louisiana way he called Mississippi Queen that taught him everything “If you know what I mean!” 🙂 Though the sign seen here has absolutely ZERO to do with the song, it did make me smile and want to pass along the paragraph tidbit of informational trivia.

In asking the on-duty bartender about the sign she simply replied “I’m new here and have no idea.” OK, I myself do have an idea, going by its heavy-duty construction and intended long-lasting durability it looks like an actual or replica of a paddle-wheel riverboat sign that might have at one time traveled down the mighty Mississippi River… then again I have no proof. 🙂 In all essence it really doesn’t matter, it’s a cool sign that some Florida Keys tourist or local by-passers might find interesting and that’s what truly matters! (If you know what I mean) 🙂

If you’re a paddle-wheel riverboat fan or Mountain rock band groupie you can find this MISSISSIPPI QUEEN placard at 750 S. Krome Avenue, Florida City inside Sam’s Hideaway. OK, it’s basically at the corner of US-1 & Krome Avenue at Mile Marker 126.7 about 1/8 mile north.

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This Shell Is On Fire!

IMG_9488An alluring 24-hour flame burns atop this icon of the Florida Key’s symbolic seashell known as a conch.

This is not your standard tiki torch by far, this beacon burns throughout the night helping guide those bar patrons to their cars who’ve had one too many hurricanes… the alcohol variety that is! 🙂 Seen from the front it’s a torch-bearer, walk around 180 degrees and you’ll see that its doubles as an enchanting waterfall fountain. Walk beyond the fountain to the steps where upon reaching the top you’ll be intoxicated by the overall beauty of the area before the first sip of alcohol moistens your lips.

You can find this tiki lit conch shell along with its astounding views at Mile Marker 103.8 bayside in front of an ocean front open-air bar named Breezers.

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