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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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Returning to St. Augustine, 1906–1911

Returning to St. Augustine, 1906–1911

(p.442) 21 Returning to St. Augustine, 1906–1911
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

In 1906, St. Augustine added an electric plant and a streetcar line to its roster of modernizations. The Flagler's began the custom of celebrating Christmas at the Ponce de Leon. Flagler attempted to solidify his standing with the local business establishment, though by this time his sight and hearing had begun to fail. St. Augustine revived the Ponce de Leon celebration, a three-day festival of historical reenactments. The Panic of 1907 created a short-lived economic crisis in Florida. Work on the Key West extension of the railroad continued. Flagler erected a YMCA building for the benefit of the young men of town. John Ingle designed the building. Movie makers discovered St. Augustine as a scenic location for filming moving pictures. By this time Flagler's health was deteriorating, and Mary Lily Flagler probably had become an alcoholic. Street paving with bricks and asphalt became a major enterprise in the city.

Keywords:   John Ingle, moving pictures, Panic of 1907, Ponce de Leon celebrations, streetcar, YMCA

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