Florida East Coast Railroad Overseas Extension

Florida East Coast Railroad Overseas Extension (HM1DR9)

Location: Islamorada, FL 33036 Monroe County
Country: United States of America

N 24° 53.396', W 80° 40.549'

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"The Railroad That Went to the Sea"

Oil magnate Henry M. Flagler first visited Florida in 1878. Realizing Florida's potential for growth, he developed railroads and hotels which transformed the eastern seaboard. The Florida East Coast Railroad reached Miami in 1896 and soon was completed to the Homestead area. Years of planning were devoted to determining the feasibility of extending the F. E. C. Railroad to Key West which was labelled "Flagler's Folly." Construction was begun in 1904 under the supervision of Joseph C. Meredith. After Meredith's death in 1909, William J. Krome guided the project. Viaducts, trestles, and bridges were constructed under harrowing conditions. Thousands of workers battled against insects, hurricanes, and intense heat as well as food and water shortages. On January 21, 1912, the Overseas Extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad was competed. The next day, Henry Flagler's special train arrived in Key West. Flagler died in 1913, but his Overseas Extension continued to carry visitors to Key West until 1935, when the Labor Day hurricane damaged the line beyond repair. A portion of the Overseas Extension near Tea Table Key was among the surviving remnants of this great engineering project which helped to open the Florida Keys to tourism.
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HM NumberHM1DR9
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Marker NumberF-266
Year Placed1976
Placed BySponsored by Senator Richard R. Renick in cooperation with Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:58am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 532742 N 2752799
Decimal Degrees24.88993333, -80.67581667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 24° 53.396', W 80° 40.549'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds24° 53' 23.76" N, 80° 40' 32.94" W
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Area Code(s)305
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 79775 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada FL 33036, US
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