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Key West is a city and an island of the same name, the county seat of Monroe County, and an island in the Florida Keys. It is considered the southernmost city in the continental United States.

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  1. During World War I, Thomas Edison lived in the military headquarters in the Key West while he donated his services to the war effort, perfecting 41 weapons during his six month stay
  2. Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was founded in Key West, with its first flight on October 18, 1927.
  3. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum In Key West houses the largest single collection of 17th-century maritime and shipwreck antiquities in the Western Hemisphere.
  4. The”Lobsters” in Key West are actually saltwater Crawfish.
  5. In 1978, the mayor of Key West, Charles “Sonny” McCoy, water-skied to Cuba, making the trip in 6 hours, 10 minutes on a slalom ski.

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