Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket

Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket

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Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller w dust jacket
 
The Florida Keys Overseas Railway by Warren Zeiller
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
156 pages
Copyright 2006
CONTENTS
Dedication 6
Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 9
Chapter 123
Chapter 235
Chapter 385
Chapter 499
Epilogue 125
Bibliography 149
Index 151
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:
Henry M. Flagler conceived the idea of a railway to Key West at least as early as 1895, and after a number of setbacks, the Overseas Railway, an extension of the Florida East Coast Railway, was completed in 1912. It then served to take tourists to and from the Florida Keys, particularly Key West, as well as to transport freight and passengers en route to and from Havana, Cuba by ship. It was effectively destroyed in the cataclysmic Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, and its route was sold to become part of Florida's Overseas Highway.
All this is a familiar story, repeated in many books of both railroad and Florida history. What is new in this book is the collection of photographs by William Asa Glass, an engineer with the construction project. Entirely unpublished and providing a unique view of many details of both the engineering project and of personal life in the Keys in that era, they are the core of this book.
The coverage includes a number of views of hurricane damage as well as the construction process, along with the working environment of an engineer on this project. An epilogue provides a brief tour of the route today, with the remnants of nearly all the original Flagler bridges still standing, often alongside today's Overseas Highway.
Noted railroad cartographer John Signor has prepared a birds-eye map of the Keys for the book's end sheets.
The book's 166 photos, few ever published, 129 of them by Bill Glass or from his collection, together with 24 views (18 in color) of the route today, along with maps, artwork, and a bibliography and index, make this book unusually complete. The book will bring pleasure to anyone interested in railroad history or Florida history, but it will be of particular value to those whose enthusiasm is engineering construction, the Florida East Coast Railway, or the Florida Keys. This is a valuable complement to other books on this subject, and also stands as a fascinating history in its own right.


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