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Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad.

Henry Flagler had a long history of achievements and successes long before he traveled on board of the first passenger train to cross the 128 miles from the Florida main land to the city of Key West over the new and so awaited Overseas Railroad Bridge on January, 22, of 1912.

The tren crossing one of the many bridges.

Locomotive pooling wagons over a section of the bridge. *Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

The Key West Railroad Extension after seven long years under construction was finally a reality and the "Eight Wander of the World" as it was later called, was a reality, Key West was never afterwards the isolated exotic island of adventurous personalities that had always been.

But it was not an easy project to built these railroad sections and bridges over the Florida Keys! Vast amounts of labor had to be employed for this project; 4000 men at one time, and in many instances suffering from decease, the threat of hurricanes and other hardships.

The construction facets  of some sections of the bridge.

Sections of the bridge during the construction.*Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

Engineering innovations took place during the construction of the bridges, new building techniques had to be developed that had never been tried before. It was a great challenge for anyone involve in the project not to mention the monetary costs that surpassed the previously estimated sums on the costs of the project.

Henry Morrison Flagler.

Henry Morrison Flagler

*Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

From a very early age Henry Morison Flagler burn in Hopewell, New York on January, 2 of 1830 was an entrepreneur and a business key figure in most of his endeavors, coming from a business oriented family, his talent for innovation and development was remarkable.

He later became a successful industrialist and investor. In 1870 along with John D Rockefeller became one of the founders of the Standard Oil Co. A company dedicated to the production, the refining, the transportation and marketing of oil, and that later became one of the world’s largest oil corporations.  

Flagler was also a prominent figure of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) that was a project associated to the Standard Oil Co. It was during this period that he started his career as a developer on various projects in the state of Florida's Atlantic Coast.

He later became a successful industrialist and investor. In 1870 along with John D Rockefeller became one of the founders of the Standard Oil Co. A company dedicated to the production, the refining, the transportation and marketing of oil, and that later became one of the world’s largest oil corporations.  

Flagler was also a prominent figure of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) that was a project associated to the Standard Oil Co. It was during this period that he started his career as a developer on various projects in the state of Florida's Atlantic Coast.

The Florida Overseas Railroad or the Key West Railroad Extension was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane on September 2 of 1935, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Florida and the United States, a category 5 hurricane the Labor Day's Hurricane's winds and the surge of 15" to 20" of water caused the dead of more than 400 people and destroyed most of Islamorada and large sections of the Upper Keys.

The new Over Seas Highway was later build by the State of Florida over or alongside the remains of the destroyed Railroad Bridge. And now is a breeze taking this ride over to Key West or the Florida Keys and all thanks to the idea of this pioneer of modern engineering Henry Flagler.

Tren rolling over the bridge.

Henry Flagler's train with his private car "Rambler" returning from Key West, on the Overseas Railroad *Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Public Domain.

The Old Seven Mile Bridge runs paralellel to the new Over Seashighway in the area of Marathon Key, Florida.

The Old Seven Mile and the Over Seas Seven Mile Highway Bridge runs side by side and connects Knight's Key, part of the city of Marathon with Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. The first section of the Old Seven-known as the Pigeon Key-Pacet Channel-Moser Channel Bridge connects Pigeon Key with Marathon.

The Bahia Honda State Park and Beach with the Old Railroad Bridge and the new Over Seas Highway Bridge on the other side.

The Bahia Honda State Park in Mile Marker 37 of the Overseas Highway,

Bahia Honda Key, section of the Lower Keys.

A section of the railroad bridge in the area of the Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

Some well preserved sections of the railroad bridge pass Bahia Honda.

The front of the Henry Flagler Museum in Key West.

Flagler Station Overseas Railway Museum, 904 Caroline St, Key West.

The statue of Henry Flagler erected in Key West  in the area of the Old Historic Seaport.

Henry Flagler's statue and memorial, Caroline & Grinnell streets, Key West.

The plaque displayed under the statue of Henry Flagler in Key West.

Henry Morrison Flagler (January, 2, 1830-May, 20, 1913)



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