yet fascinating chapter of Florida history. It is safe to say that
without railroads, Florida wouldn't be what it is today. Railroads
connected the state's important cities and towns, conquered the
peninsula's vast and seemingly impenetrable interior, ushered in
untold numbers of settlers and tourists, and conveyed to market--faster
than any previous means of transportation--the myriad products of
Florida's mines, forests, factories, farms, and groves.
traces the long, slow development of Florida railroads, from the
first tentative lines in the 1830s, through the boom of the 1880s,
to the maturity of the railroad system in the 1920s. At the end
of that decade nearly 6,000 miles of labyrinthine track covered
the state. Turner also examines the decline of the industry, as
the automobile rose to prominence in American culture and lines
were abandoned or sold for hiking trails and green spaces.
researched and richly illustrated--including many never-before-published
images--A Journey into Florida Railroad History is a comprehensive,
authoritative history of the subject. 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
Gregg M. Turner
is a former national director of the Railway & Locomotive Historical
Society at Harvard Business School.
outstanding work."--Seth Bramson, author of Speedway to Sunshine:
The Story of the Florida East Coast Railway
and engaging look at Florida's railroad history, especially the
formative pre-1900 decades."--Larry Goolsby, author of Atlantic
Coast Line Passenger Service: The Postwar Years