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The fun and quirky fire hydrants of Point Roberts

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Fire hydrants on Point Roberts

The Fire Hydrants on Point Roberts, Washington

Not a lot happens on Point Roberts. It’s a sleepy seaside village in the Pacific Northwest that’s technically a part of mainland United States, but it’s not physically connected to it.

Sounds a little strange, doesn’t it?

It’s actually quite an interesting place. “The Point”, as it’s often called by its residents, is located on the southernmost tip of the Tsawwassen Peninsula, which is located about 30 minutes south of Vancouver in British Columbia .

Logically, this small piece of land should be a part of Canada, but it’s not.

It’s actually a land enclave of the United States. So, if you’re an American who wants to drive to Point Roberts, you would have to first cross one of the Washington State/British Columbia borders, then drive north to Surrey, then west to Tsawwassen, then south towards the Point Roberts border crossing.

Confusing, yes.

Below is a map to help you solve the puzzle. Look at the peninsula to the southwest.

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But the peculiar location of Point Roberts is not the story I want to share with you today.

In case the title of this post wasn’t enough of a clue, there’s something fun and quirky happening on the Point. 

Residents of Point Roberts have embraced a community art project that originally began as a competition hosted by the Fire Department. The competition, according to this article, was a way for the Fire Chief to to deal with the issue of fading and peeling fire hydrants.

Basically, the fire department encouraged residents to get creative and paint all of its fire hydrants. How great is that?

The result – a community with over one hundred colorful fire hydrants that have been transformed into works of art. 

Fire hydrants on Point Roberts

All of the fire hydrants on Point Roberts are hand painted and each one is original and unique.

Apparently these fire hydrants have become quite the attraction in Point Roberts. Like I said, there’s not a lot going on in the Point, so a little paint and a splash of creativity goes a long way.

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