By Thomas Graham
Arguably no guy did extra to make over a city—or a state—than Henry Morrison Flagler. virtually single-handedly, he remodeled the east coast of Florida from a distant frontier into the wintry weather playground of America’s elite.
Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine tells the tale of the way one of many wealthiest males in the USA spared no fee in remodeling the country’s “Oldest urban” into the “Newport of the South.” He equipped railroads into distant components the place males feared to tread and erected palatial inns on swampland. He funded hospitals and church buildings and better streets and parks. the wealthy and recognized flocked to his invented paradise.
In tracing Flagler’s existence and moment occupation, Thomas Graham unearths a lot concerning the internal lifetime of the previous oil tycoon and the demons that drove him to extend a coastal empire southward to Palm seashore, Miami, Key West, and at last Nassau. Graham additionally provides voice to the contributors background has forgotten: the ladies who wrote vacationer books, the artists who embellished the motels, the black servants who waited tables, and the reporters who filed society columns within the newspapers.
Filled with interesting information that deliver the Gilded Age to lifestyles, this publication will stand because the definitive background of Henry Flagler and his time in Florida.
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