Historic Markers Across Florida

Southern Terminus of Overseas Railway

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Location: on Roosevelt Blvd in front of the Marriott, Key West, FL
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 34.293    W 081° 45.197
  24.57155    -81.75328333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMPYR0


Here on January 22, 1912, the "Flagler Special", the first passenger train ever to arrive in Key West, came to a halt and Henry M. Flagler, Florida's Empire Builder, was tumultuously welcomed by the largest outpouring of citizens in the city's history. The train's arrival 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 car ferries were operated between Key West and Havana. In 1938 the railroad was converted to the overseas highway.

The Historical Association of Southern Florida