Railroads of Southwest Florida

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Arcadia Publishing, 1999 - History - 128 pages
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When the first "Iron Horse" arrived in Southwest Florida--at Charlotte Harbor in 1886--nearly 150,000 miles of railroads already existed in America, the transcontinental route was open, and Pullman sleeping cars were in wide use. But despite a late start, railroads forever transformed this beautiful region of the Sunshine State and connected its people to the outside world. In Railroads of Southwest Florida, the golden age of railroading

is documented with captivating images of stations, machines, and the people whose lives were affected by this significant form of transportation. From interior views of well-furnished passenger cars to scenes of hardworking men who made it all possible, this collection provides a thorough look at a fascinating, almost forgotten heritage.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
lntroduction
7
Rails to Chatlorte Harbor
8
Around Sarasora and Venice
19
Finally Fort Myers
33
The Cold Hungty and Naked
44
From Highlands to Lowlands
55
The Boom
65
The Putsuit of Business
89
Mergers and Sutvivors
111
Futther Railroad Reading
128
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Through vintage photographs, ephemera, and informative captions, railroad historian and author Gregg M. Turner has chronicled the story from early days to modern times. With materials drawn from historical and railroad societies, state collections, and personal albums, this lovingly crafted tribute will surely be enjoyed by train lovers of all ages.

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