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Mr. Henry M. Flagler and Party on train to Key West, 1912.
Mr. Flagler takes a train over the ocean to Key West, Florida

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Railway to the Keys
January 22, 1912

How would you get to an island 128 miles away? By boat? By plane? Well, in the early 1900s Henry M. Flagler, a Florida developer, decided a train would be a practical way for people to get to the island of Key West, Florida.

To complete the railway, 42 bridges had to be constructed. The length of track connected mainland Florida to the southernmost settlement in the United States and the keys (islands) in between. On January 22, 1912, Flagler boarded the first train of the Florida East Coast Railway bound for Key West.

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