When you driving through the Florida Keys you can often see remnants of the railroad that once made its’ way to Key West. I was interested and found this book detailing the history of the Florida East Coast Railway which was built beginning in the 1880s from Jacksonville and finally reaching Key West in 1912. The owner and visionary was Henry Flagler who was a partner with John D. Rockefeller in founding Standard Oil Company. The railroad led to the development of Palm Beach, Miami and most of the Florida east coast.
This is a well written history of how one man’s vision led to the opening of much of Florida to the rest of the world.