Two views showing hurricane damage to the Overseas Railway.

Two views showing hurricane damage to the Overseas Railway.


Image Number

  • PC07441

Year

  • Not before 1935

Publication Info

  • Brattleboro, Vt. : The Stephen Greene Press, [Not before 1935].

Series Title

General Note

  • Work on the overseas extension began in 1905. It was operational from 1912 until the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Financially unable to rebuild, the Florida East Coast Railway sold the roadbed and remaining bridges to the State of Florida, which built the Overseas Highway to Key West, using much of the remaining railway infrastructure. The extension was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 as Overseas Highway and Railway Bridges.
  • Accompanying note: "On September 2, 1935 Flagler's 'Overseas Railroad' was 'killed' by the worst hurricane ever to hit this hemisphere - barometer 26.35. The last rescue train was trapped on the Matacumbe (Kill Man) Keys. 577 bodies were found; many more were not. Only the 106-ton Schenectady-built 4-8-2 locomotive, 'Old 447,' remained on the tracks. Today the Overseas Highway crosses the viaducts and bridges which survived the great storm. Photos from The Railroad that Died at Sea: The Florida East Coast's Key West Extension, by Pat Parks."

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Physical Description

  • 1 postcard - b&w - 9 x 14 cm.

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Matlack, Claude Carson, 1878-1944. Two views showing hurricane damage to the Overseas Railway. Not before 1935. Black & white postcard, 9 x 14 cm. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/259273>, accessed 12 December 2017.

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Matlack, Claude Carson, 1878-1944. Two views showing hurricane damage to the Overseas Railway. Not before 1935. Black & white postcard. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 12 Dec. 2017.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/259273>.

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(State Archives of Florida/Matlack)