Having fulfilled my goal to place a box on the
north end of Hwy 1 in Fort Kent, ME, I finally
got a chance to go back to Florida and place a box at the southern
terminus of Hwy 1 in Key West, FL on a trip south in the summer
of 2009. I also placed a box at the
southern end of Hwy 41
on the same trip!
Start in Fort Kent, ME and take Hwy 1 south 2209 miles to Key
West, FL to its very end at the intersection of Fleming St. and
Whitehead St. This end is easy to find since Hwy 1
is the main road through the Florida Keys, and the mile markers
you pass count down your approach to the end. The hardest
part is to find a good place to park.
Once you are parked, make your way to the markers. Spend
some time taking your picture at both the end and beginning of
Hwy 1. If you are interested, there are numerous places in town
where you can buy a "Mile 0" or "End Hwy 1" sticker, shirt, shot
Once you are ready to find the box, travel southerly down Hwy 1
(Whitehead St.) on
foot from the sign marking the beginning of Hwy 1. On the
west side of the street are local government buildings.
Find the huge old tree in front of the courthouse. There
are a couple of signs telling you about the tree and the end of
Hwy 1. Go to the back of the tree (the side facing the
courthouse) and you'll see that the tree roots above ground form
a large bowl as the roots curl around. On the north side of this "bowl", two of the roots come very
close to one another as they parallel each other. Where
the space between them is the tightest, you will find the box squeezed in between the roots with leaves, sticks, and a large
rock on top. Note how the box is VERY WELL COVERED and
SNUGGLY in place!
Be sure to place the box back in the same way so it does not
come loose or is accidently discovered. Thanks!
Note: Since I am not from the area, I'm looking for someone in the
area who would be willing to check up on it every so often.