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series: Flagler's Train: The Florida Keys Over-sea Railroa

air date: 4/06/13 4:00 AM

Nearly thirty years after the last spike was driven in the transcontinental railway at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869, the vast Florida wilderness was America's last frontier. But Standard Oil millionaire Henry Morrison Flagler had a vision for the lush, subtropical territory, one that he believed would bring untold commerce, people and riches to the as yet untamed land. It involved a railroad network, built through his iron will, vast riches and sheer determination that though short-lived, had far-reaching effects that are still felt today, 100 years after the first train pulled into Key West. The program features archival photographs, personal correspondence, original drawings of the Over-Sea Railroad project and newspaper articles of the day, tracing daily reports of the human struggles and technological achievements needed to complete the Florida East Coast Railway.

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