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.
Archival Collection, N2017-150: Sawyer Family Papers, 1897-1914