Research Starter: Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway
Research Starter

During the 1880s and 1890s, Henry Flagler expanded train lines through Jacksonville and down the East Coast to Miami. Before the arrival of the railroad, Miami was a town of fewer than 300 people. When Miami stayed warm and green during the great freeze of 1894-95, Flagler was convinced that it was worth expanding his railroad. Flagler also built grand hotels to entice vacationers seeking sun and luxury.

Letter from Henry Flagler (1902)

Letter from Henry Flagler (1902)

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