Description:New. No dust jacket as issued. Slight cover surface blemishing,...New. No dust jacket as issued. Slight cover surface blemishing, partially production based. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 48 p. Historical B&W photos, map, diagrams, facsimiles. Flagler System History: A single-track Florida shortline lasted for 23 years before being swept off the tracks during a 1935 hurricane tidal wave. It ran over a 156 mile route, and had taken 12 years to construct. The plan was called "Flagler's Folly" after visionary Henry Morrison Flagler. The concrete viaducts still stand.
This is a short, concise, and emotional account of "Flagler's Folly" - the railroad that crossed the ocean and met with untimely demise. Through vivid prose and supporting historical photographs, Pat Parks tells the story of the dream of Henry Flagler to bring his Florida East Coast Railway all the way to key west, providing a through route from New York to the southernmost key. Lives were lost, millinos were spent, but the unachievable was at last achieved, only to be undone by one of the fiercest storms on record. Readers will easily put themselves in the place of the personnel on the rescue train that tried in vain to reach those stranded by the storm, plagued by delays and the unexpected. This is a gripping story that will keep the reader enthralled from beginning to end. It is highly recommended to railroad buffs, historians, fans of the irrepressable Henry Flagler, those interested in the development of Florida, or even those who are captured by stories of heroism and amazing accomplishment. For those who would take the modern highway to Key West, this story provides important and interesting details on the predecessor of that great road.
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