The Great Days of Rail Travel on the Florida East Coast
 
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Henry Morrison Flagler

Henry Morrison Flagler (January 2, 1830--May 20, 1913) is, unquestionably, one of the legendary names in the history of Florida. 

Flagler is best known for bringing his Florida East Coast Railway to the shores of Biscayne Bay to help settle Miami and for building the Key West Extension, which is often regarded as the greatest railroad engineering feat in U.S history. His other important contributions to the Sunshine State are often overlooked. Flagler operated steamship lines, one of America’s first major hotel chains (The FEC Hotel Company) and the Model Land Company, all of which were instrumental in Florida’s early development. 

Upon his death in 1913, the system he created continued to operate and remained intact until the 1931 bankruptcy of the Florida East Coast Railway. The Railway did emerge from bankruptcy in 1961 but was no longer a part of the Flagler System. No other name in Florida history is as readily recognized as that of Henry Flagler. To honor his contributions, a Florida county is named for him as well as schools, parks, streets, playgrounds and monuments.

 

 

 
 
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