Historic Markers Across Florida

First Train To Key West

Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: on U.S. 1 & Roosevelt Blvd. next to Holiday Inn
County: Monroe
Waymark: None


At 9:43 a.m., January 22, 1912, 15,000 citizens of Key West, many of whom had never seen a train, stood here watched the arrival of five cars carrying the Henry M. Flagler party. This signaled the completion of the overseas extension of Flagler´s Florida East Coast Railway. Flagler was given a tumultuous reception and that day several more trains arrived with celebrities, including Florida Governor Albert Gilchrist. The celebration lasted days and brought Flagler praise from around the world.


City: Key West, FL