The Flagler family is synonymous with railroads in the U.S., and the famed Flagler rail that ran out of Miami across the 130 miles to Key West was a milestone. In May 1905, Henry Flagler was 75 years old and ready to begin the most daring and difficult venture of his life. He proposed to build a railroad 130 miles out to sea and instructed his engineers, “Go to Key West.” Key West was, at the time, the largest city in the state and strategically located in the Straits of Florida. It was America’s closest deep water harbor to the new Panama Canal.
Guests will enter through a reconstruction of a section of the Key West Terminus (station). Inside visitors will find a themed mercantile store, filled with candies, turn of the century dolls and toys, dry goods, railroad memorabilia, gifts, and related souvenirs, and our storytellers at the historeum will entrance the entire family with tales of the Key West Extension and the men who made possible one of the greatest engineering and construction feats of the 20th century.
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