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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine$
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Thomas Graham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049373

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049373.001.0001

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The Challenge of Key West, 1903–1906

The Challenge of Key West, 1903–1906

(p.411) 20 The Challenge of Key West, 1903–1906
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

After 1900, tourism increased in St. Augustine, but the town catered less to upper than to middle class Americans. The Alligator Farm enjoyed great popularity with visitors. The artists’ colony in St. Augustine dispersed, and its leader Martin Johnson Heade died. As automobiles became more important, Flagler promoted the races on the beach at Ormond. Flagler purchased a steamer car and became an automobile enthusiast. In 1905, Flagler announced that he would extend his railroad to Key West. Novelist Henry James visited the Hotel Ponce de Leon. Frank P. Thompson, headwaiter at the hotel, served as a national leader for black working men. Theodore Roosevelt paid a visit to St. Augustine. Flagler added a mausoleum to Grace Memorial Church to hold the remains of his daughter and first wife—and later to hold his own. At this time Flagler changed his legal residence from Palm Beach to St. Augustine.

Keywords:   Alligator Farm, automobile races, Martin Johnson Heade, Henry James, Key West, Ormond Beach, Theodore Roosevelt, Frank P. Thompson

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