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Flagler’s Train is a-coming!

Posted Jan 10, 2012 Posted by One Comment

Railroad workers in the Keys

We’re all going a little Centennial crazy here in the Keys. And why not? How often do we get to revel in a centennial celebration?

Library folks are all aboard, too! Take a look below for a documentary featuring a familiar face, library read-alongs, oral histories from our vault, and more.

Look for our own historian, Tom Hambright in the documentary “Flagler’s Train: The Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad”, premiering  Thursday, January 12 at 8pm on WPBT2. Click here for more info.

Join a library read-along of Les Standiford’s “Last Train to Paradise” from Jan. 22 through Feb. 26, part of the One Island One Book fest.  More info can be found here. Click here to reserve a copy of the book from one of our libraries: Last Train to Paradise. Or, check out the eBook or eAudiobook.

Our vast online archive of Overseas Railroad photographs, postcards and ephemera can be found here: http://bit.ly/overseasrr

Here are oral histories from Keys people, many about building or working for the railroad. A favorite moment is Gertude Lowe Sandquist’s clandestine sip of champagne aboard the first train. Listen to Carl Folks Sahleen describe work conditions on the railroad, Wilhelmina Harvey telling a funny story about the first train, Roosevelt Sands on the pineapple trade, Kermit Cochran’s failed attempt to jump the train, and a little white lie by “Freckles” Higgs.

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  • Kathleen said:

    Sunset Marina Book Club has agreed to read this book for our March meeting (for February we are already scheduled to read Oxygen). I am particulary looking foward to the “events” the library is putting together regarding Last Train To Paradise.