Last Train to Paradise - Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean-logo

Last Train to Paradise - Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad That Crossed an Ocean

Les Standiford

Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford's fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad-one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores. In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller and the true mastermind behind Standard Oil, concocted the dream of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean-an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. "The financiers considered the project and said, Unthinkable. The engineers pondered the problems and from all came one verdict, Impossible. . . ." But build it they did, and the railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for twenty-two years. Once dismissed as "Flagler's Folly," it was heralded as "the Eighth Wonder of the World"-until a will even greater than Flagler's rose up in opposition. In 1935, a hurricane of exceptional force, which would be dubbed "the Storm of the Century," swept through the tiny islands, killing some 700 residents and workmen and washing away all but one sixty-foot section of track, on which a 320,000-pound railroad engine stood and "gripped its rails as if the gravity of Jupiter were pressing upon it." Standiford brings the full force and fury of this storm to terrifying life. In spinning his saga of the railroad's construction, Standiford immerses us in the treacherous world of the thousands of workers who beat their way through infested swamps, lived in fragile tent cities on barges anchored in the midst of daunting stretches of ocean, and suffered from a remarkable succession of three ominous hurricanes that killed many and washed away vast stretches of track. Steadfast through every setback, Flagler inspired a loyalty in his workers so strong that even after a hurricane dislodged one of the railroad's massive pilings, casting doubt over

Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford's fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad-one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores. In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller and the true mastermind behind Standard Oil, concocted the dream of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean-an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. "The financiers considered the project and said, Unthinkable. The engineers pondered the problems and from all came one verdict, Impossible. . . ." But build it they did, and the railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for twenty-two years. Once dismissed as "Flagler's Folly," it was heralded as "the Eighth Wonder of the World"-until a will even greater than Flagler's rose up in opposition. In 1935, a hurricane of exceptional force, which would be dubbed "the Storm of the Century," swept through the tiny islands, killing some 700 residents and workmen and washing away all but one sixty-foot section of track, on which a 320,000-pound railroad engine stood and "gripped its rails as if the gravity of Jupiter were pressing upon it." Standiford brings the full force and fury of this storm to terrifying life. In spinning his saga of the railroad's construction, Standiford immerses us in the treacherous world of the thousands of workers who beat their way through infested swamps, lived in fragile tent cities on barges anchored in the midst of daunting stretches of ocean, and suffered from a remarkable succession of three ominous hurricanes that killed many and washed away vast stretches of track. Steadfast through every setback, Flagler inspired a loyalty in his workers so strong that even after a hurricane dislodged one of the railroad's massive pilings, casting doubt over
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Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford's fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad-one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores. In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller and the true mastermind behind Standard Oil, concocted the dream of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean-an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. "The financiers considered the project and said, Unthinkable. The engineers pondered the problems and from all came one verdict, Impossible. . . ." But build it they did, and the railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for twenty-two years. Once dismissed as "Flagler's Folly," it was heralded as "the Eighth Wonder of the World"-until a will even greater than Flagler's rose up in opposition. In 1935, a hurricane of exceptional force, which would be dubbed "the Storm of the Century," swept through the tiny islands, killing some 700 residents and workmen and washing away all but one sixty-foot section of track, on which a 320,000-pound railroad engine stood and "gripped its rails as if the gravity of Jupiter were pressing upon it." Standiford brings the full force and fury of this storm to terrifying life. In spinning his saga of the railroad's construction, Standiford immerses us in the treacherous world of the thousands of workers who beat their way through infested swamps, lived in fragile tent cities on barges anchored in the midst of daunting stretches of ocean, and suffered from a remarkable succession of three ominous hurricanes that killed many and washed away vast stretches of track. Steadfast through every setback, Flagler inspired a loyalty in his workers so strong that even after a hurricane dislodged one of the railroad's massive pilings, casting doubt over

Language:

English

Narrators:

Del Roy

Length:

8h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:06


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:49


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:15


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

01:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:45


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:36


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:52


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:28


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:04


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:54


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:30


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:18


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:01


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:06


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:43


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:38


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:31


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:39


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:44


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:29


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:33


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:56


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:23


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:10


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:25


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:29


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:46


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:46


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:19


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:08


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:12


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:24


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:26


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:13


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:11


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:00


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:07


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:48


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:36


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:32


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:48


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:54


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:13


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:22


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:35


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:21


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:59


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:22


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:11


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:13


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:13


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:30


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:23


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:42


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:02


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:44


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:00


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:39


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:12


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:15


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:31


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:51


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

02:57


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:44


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:49


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:13