The arrival of the railroad in Florida marked the beginning of a steady increase in transportation efficiency throughout the state. The labor required to build and operate the railroads, however, was often tedious and difficult. Workers plowed their way through swamps, sandhills, and other challenging terrain, cutting cross-ties and laying them down along with the rails. Over time, railroad labor developed a culture all its own, complete with songs, stories, and traditions.

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    Photo Exhibit: Tracks Toward the Future

    Learning Unit: Railroads Change Florida


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