Florida East Coast Railway Advert

Title

Florida East Coast Railway Advert

Description

The Florida East Coast Railway (reporting mark FEC) is a Class II railroad operating in the U.S. state of Florida; in the past, it has been a Class I railroad. Built primarily in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, the FEC was a project of Standard Oil principal Henry Morrison Flagler. Flagler originally visited Florida to aid with the health issues faced by his first wife, Mary. A key strategist who worked closely with John D. Rockefeller building the Standard Oil Trust, Henry Flagler noted both a lack of services and great potential during his stay at St Augustine. He subsequently began what amounted to his second career developing resorts, industries, and communities all along Florida's shores abutting the Atlantic Ocean.

The FEC is possibly best known for building the railroad to Key West, completed in 1912. When the FEC's line from the mainland to Key West was heavily damaged by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, the State of Florida purchased the remaining right-of-way and bridges south of Dade County, and they were rebuilt into road bridges for vehicle traffic and became known as the Overseas Highway. However, a greater and lasting Flagler legacy was the developments along Florida's eastern coast.

Creator

Henry Morrison Flagler

Date

1913

Source

Wikimedia

Rights

Lee Standiford

Publisher

Lee Standiford

Contributor

Henry Morrison Flagler

Format

Medium: PosterĀ 

Language

English

Type

Public Architecture

Identifier

Architecture

Coverage

Florida

Files

1913_Florida_East_Coast_Railway_advert.jpg

Reference

Henry Morrison Flagler, Florida East Coast Railway Advert, Lee Standiford, 1913

Cite As

Henry Morrison Flagler, “Florida East Coast Railway Advert,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed September 29, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/8.