Historic Markers Across Florida

Southern Terminus the Over-Sea Railway

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Location: on Margaret St, Key West, FL
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 33.674    W 081° 47.993
  24.56123333    -81.79988333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM6HHM


On January 22, 1912, the "Flagler Special," the first passenger train ever to arrive in Key West and Henry M Flagler, Florida´s empire builder, were tumultuously welcomed by the largest outpouring of citizens in the City´s history. The train´s arrival just a few blocks from here marked the completion of one of the world´s most remarkable railroads. For twenty-three years - from 1912 to 1935 - passenger trains were operated on daily schedules between Key West and New York and automobile and train car ferries were operated between Key West and Havana. In 1938 the railroad was converted to the overseas highway.
Dedicated by Historic Tours of America
October 1999


City: Key West, FL