- Lectures V
- Lecture Movie: The Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler, his dream of a railroad to Key West.
Lecture Movie: The Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler, his dream of a railroad to Key West.
Run time 56 minutes. The greatest railroad story ever told. In 1912 Henry Flagler arrived aboard the first train into Key West, marking the completion of the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway's Over-Sea Railroad to Key West. With the completion of the Over-Sea Railroad the entire east coast of Florida, from Jacksonville to Key West, was linked by a single railroad system. The FEC was the product of Flagler's resources and imagination. Flagler's construction of hotels at points along the railroad and his development of the agricultural industry through the Model Land Company established tourism and agriculture as Florida's major industries, which remain so even now more than a century later. In essence, Henry Flagler invented modern Florida.