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According to ancient legend, the Spaniards, when they saw this place, immediately exclaimed: "Oh, Florida You will!", Which means - "Oh, blooming!". This is how the state got its present name. Those who are in Florida for the first time, also want to exclaim: "Oh, what beaches!" "Oh, the parks!", "Oh, what a museum!" Indeed, there are so many interesting places, that it is impossible to quickly tell about it. Get at least a Key West (Key West) - is one of the archipelago islands of the Florida Keys (Florida Keys) - it is situated in the south of Florida.

Florida Keys associated with the peninsula of Florida is truly unique highway - it's Overseas Highway, the length of which is about 180 kilometers. Marine highway, or a highway in the American - is part of the route US 1 passing along the shore of the Atlantic through the eastern United States, from Florida to the Canadian border. Let's look in more detail on this waterway.

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Moreover, it is also one of the longest highway in the world, which connects the island with the mainland. This highway was laid on the site of an old railway - it in 1912 built a millionaire Henry Morrison Flagler. Its length is equal to 160 kilometers - a figure that was unthinkable, especially in those days, especially considering the fact that most of the road was built over the water. This road was built a seven, it has cost US $ 50 million, but other than that 700 people died here. Unfortunately, this expensive acted only 23 years, as in 1935 Labor Day terrible hurricane destroyed almost all of it.

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Then it was restored, but instead of the railroad here paved roads on 42 bridges. One of them is a local landmark - is "Seven Mile Bridge" ( "Seven Mile Bridge"), as its length is seven miles, that is, approximately 11 kilometers.

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KiUest Island is the ultimate point of the southern United States. In addition, it is the zero mile Overseas Highway. There even is a special red-black-yellow buoy - written on it: "The southernmost point of the continental United States. 90 miles to Cuba. "

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The island of Key West is quite small its length 3, 2 km, and the width of 6, 4 kilometers. Despite the modest size of the island is truly rich in history as in his time there lived and worked many famous people. On this island there is even its own airport and the presidential residence of the "Little White House", as many presidents of America came here to relax. It is always good weather and the most beautiful sunset, and in general - this is the place - a dream for any tourist.

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Beached Sea railway remained still for almost the entire route. This is a unique piece of engineering was built for 7 years and was commissioned in 1912. For its construction was spent 27mln. dollars, which in those days -. a huge amount. The road served until 2 September 1935. On that day, on Florida Hurricane Category 5 called "Storm of the Century". Strong wind was catching waves up to 5 meters, the substitution of the supports and the mound. The Great Depression, the rapid spread of cars and roads buried the road once and it did not recover. Currently, it serves only to local fishermen, who fill up with old bridges rods, but pelicans.

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11 kilometers of a thin strip of concrete creeping over the blue surface of the water. In the heart of the support tower for the passage of ships, forming a kind of springboard.

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The bridge - a movie star. If you've seen the movie "True Lies," then on it filmed the final chase hero Schwarzenegger for Arab terrorists.

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