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Arrival of first train at Key West, Florida, 1912.
Key West dresses up to greet the first train in 1912

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Railway to the Keys
January 22, 1912

Twenty thousand people lived on the small island of Key West in 1912. On January 22, 1912, almost every one of them showed up to watch Henry Flagler and the train arrive in their city.

In 1935, a hurricane destroyed the railway. By 1938, it was replaced by the world's longest over-water road, called the Overseas Highway. If you happen to find yourself in Florida, driving across today's ocean highway to Key West, wouldn't it be fun to think of getting there by train?

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