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:

Richmond Hoxie

Length:

6h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:28


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:42


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:16


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:43


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

01:37


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:31


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:14


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:36


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:59


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:56


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:46


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:41


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:47