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Petersburg with a five dollar fare. Clippers Over Miami Orlando Municipal Airport Pan American S Airplane Taylor Field With more than a thousand miles of coastline, many scenic rivers and navigable waterways, and countless lakes dotting its interior, Florida has historically challenged those who would build highways and bridges.

Up until the Civil War, bridges in Florida were mainly primitive and temporary. With the advent of rail in the late 19th century, however, specifically Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Line, it was evident that stronger structures were needed to carry heavy loads across wide spans of water and uneven terrain. Major accomplishments in bridge-building in Florida include the Overseas Highway in , which re-connected Key West to the mainland after a hurricane three years prior; the Gandy Bridge across Old Tampa Bay, which, when completed in , reduced the travel time from St.

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Johns River. Today, Florida's bridges, like the Sunshine Skyway across lower Tampa Bay, the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, and the 17th Street Bridge in Fort Lauderdale are grand achievements designed to move people safely and efficiently. The Gandy Bridge Sulphur Springs Bridge Halifax River Bridge s. Johns River Lafayette Street Bridge s. Shortly thereafter, he funded construction of the Port of Miami and began collecting dockage fees.

A Brief History of Florida's Railroads

The Port of Miami welcomed its first passenger ship on scheduled sailings to Baltimore in , and in inaugurated service to New York. In the s, regular cruises between Miami and Havana, Cuba became popular.


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Currently the port has acres dedicated to rolling stock, container yards, refrigerated warehouse space, gantry crane facilitates, 12 modern cruise terminals, and administration offices. Today, four of Florida's 14 seaports rank in the top 25 in the nation in the volume of merchandise traded.

Port of Jacksonville s. Miami Bayfront Port of Tampa s. The history of rails in Florida spans more than years.

Historical Remnants of the Florida Keys Railroad

The opening of peninsular Florida following the Civil War was in large part driven by railroad expansion. While the sound of the steam whistle echoing through the north Florida pine forests evoke images of the past, it was the passenger trains of Henry Plant and Henry Flagler that established the urbanized Florida of today.

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Trains evolved from the rural short lines to the present major rail systems. Now, the commercial freight railroads set new ton-mile records almost yearly. Amtrak has re-established the conventional passenger train as a viable transportation option, there has been a resurgence of commuter rail services such as southeast Florida's Tri-Rail, and a revolution in rail technology stands ready to bring a new age of high speed rail service to Florida.

Palatka and Heights Street Railway Company s. The Champion Engine s. Dixie-Flagler Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on Florida railroads, it explores all the key players and companies, and every significant period of development. This engaging and lively story will be savored and enjoyed by generations to come. Publisher description.

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