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By 1896, Flagler had extended the railroad to Miami where he established the Royal Palm Hotel. Flagler then set his sights on Key West, the most ambitious of his many projects.
Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It is approximately 4 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Later Key West would become home to famed writer Ernest Hemmingway and later, in the 1980’s, would briefly declare it’s independence from the United States. The secessionist’s would quickly surrender a short time later.
The featured picture is of Flagler’s train, with Flagler and his party on-board, departing for Key West for the first time on January 22, 1912. The second picture is a photo of the City of Key West, 1912.
This system of some forty-two bridges connecting Key West to the Florida mainland is one of the longest over-water bridges in the world.