Historic Markers Across Florida



The Railroad That Went To Sea



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Location: City Park, Homestead
County: Miami-Dade
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Waymark: None
 



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Here began the world-famed "Overseas Railway" which for twenty-three years - from 1912 to 1935 - carried trains of the Florida East Coast Railway across the Everglades and over the Florida Keys to Key West. Financed entirely by Henry M. Flagler, Florida´s bold empire builder, the construction of this unique sea-going railroad was one of the notable engineering achievements of the 20th century. Hurricane damage in September 1935 led to its abandonment as a railroad and its acquisition by the State of Florida. In 1938 it was converted to the OVERSEAS HIGHWAY.

The Historical Association of Sothern Florida, 1962


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City: Homestead