The Gilded Age History Channel

  1. Building the Over-Sea Railroad was, and remains, the most ambitious engineering feat ever undertaken by a private citizen. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles confronted Henry Flagler during the construction of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway. At one time during construction, four thousand men were employed on the 156 mile stretch of railroad. For nearly half the distance the railroad had to be raised over water or marshland on steel and concrete bridges. During the seven year construction, five hurricanes threatened to halt the project, three of them resulted in significant damage and loss of life. Despite the hardships, the final link of the Over-Sea Railroad was completed in 1912 and the first official train to reach Key West included Henry Flagler's private Railcar No. 91.

    Les Standiford is the best-selling author of 20 books, including novels and critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including: "Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean."

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  2. A special lecture about the completion of Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad by Flagler Museum Executive Director John Blades

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  3. A Special lecture about the architects of Whitehall, John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, by J. Laurie Ossman and Heather P. Ewing.

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  4. A special lecture about the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the brainchild of William Mulholland, the Director of the Department of Water and Power, by Michael Hiltzik.

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  5. A special lecture about the construction of Penn Station and the system of tunnels under the Hudson River into Manhattan, by Jill Jonnes.

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The Gilded Age History Channel

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