THE LAST TRAIN TO PARADISE Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Changed an Ocean

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Inhaltsangabe: Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford?s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad?one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores.

In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller and the true mastermind behind Standard Oil, concocted the dream of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean?an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal.

?The financiers considered the project and said, Unthinkable. The engineers pondered the problems and from all came one verdict, Impossible. . . .? But build it they did, and the railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for twenty-two years. Once dismissed as ?Flagler?s Folly,? it was heralded as ?the Eighth Wonder of the World??until a will even greater than Flagler?s rose up in opposition. In 1935, a hurricane of exceptional force, which would be dubbed ?the Storm of the Century,? swept through the tiny islands, killing some 700 residents and workmen and washing away all but one sixty-foot section of track, on which a 320,000-pound railroad engine stood and ?gripped its rails as if the gravity of Jupiter were pressing upon it.? Standiford brings the full force and fury of this storm to terrifying life.

In spinning his saga of the railroad?s construction, Standiford immerses us in the treacherous world of the thousands of workers who beat their way through infested swamps, lived in fragile tent cities on barges anchored in the midst of daunting stretches of ocean, and suffered from a remarkable succession of three ominous hurricanes that killed many and washed away vast stretches of track. Steadfast through every setback, Flagler inspired a loyalty in his workers so strong that even after a hurricane dislodged one of the railroad?s massive pilings, casting doubt over the viability of the entire project, his engineers refused to be beaten. The question was no longer ?Could it be done?? but ?Can we make it to Key West on time?? to allow Flagler to ride the rails of his dream.

Last Train to Paradise celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature?s wrath.


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Inhaltsangabe: An oversized, limited commemorative edition of acclaimed South Florida author Les Standiford?s gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West extension of Henry Flagler?s Florida East Coast Railway, originally published in 2002 and now in its 20th printing. This edition, commemorating the completion of the Over-Sea Railroad, January 22, 1912, includes a linen cloth cover, special heavy stock, silver foil stamping, a double gatefold, a hand-tipped map, and 150 new and vintage photographs and illustrations. Curators and historians at the Library of Congress, the Monroe County Library in Key West, and at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach assisted Creative Director Petra Mason with image sourcing, as did staff at The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York. Many of the images in this edition have never been published before. A Books & Books Press production in association with Motherland Miami and The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida. 328 pages10 ½ x 8 ½ 150 illustrations HC ISBN 978-0-9839378-0-7$60.00 (Author)

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