When I was a little kid vacationing with my family
in Florida, my dad pointed out the beginning of Hwy 1 in Key West
to me. He explained that the highway travels all the way up the
Atlantic coast and ends in Maine. I always wanted to get to the
other end of Hwy 1, and with our summer trip to Maine, I finally
got a chance to fulfill my quest...and to place yet another
letterbox at the north end of a famous US highway (cf.
Hwy 41 box).
Start in Key West, FL and take Hwy 1 north 2209 miles to Fort
Kent, ME to its very end. The end is a bit difficult to find as it
is not marked by the usual highway markers. It is marked by a
historical sign across the street from Rock's Diner, about 100
feet before the US customs station. I would suggest parking at
Rock's Diner and then carefully cross the street to the historical
Once at the marker, read both sides of the sign, as they are both
different - it all depends on your perspective which of the two
sides you agree with. Also make note of the official "H" stone
highway marker at that location - marking that spot as the
official end/start of Hwy 1.
Now, from the north post of the historical sign, take a bearing of
three hundred twenty "1" and take sixty "1" steps on that heading
through the parking lot and up the embankment, across the "Maine
Healthy Walks" path to the small caution sign. Be sure to watch
your final steps down to the caution sign post - or you might find
an easier way down to it. The box is located under some loose
stones under the large rock behind the post holding the caution
sign. The box is camouflage-taped so it blends in to the stones
Please re-hide well! 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.