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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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First, Buy the Railroad, 1885–1886

First, Buy the Railroad, 1885–1886

(p.81) 7 First, Buy the Railroad, 1885–1886
Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Thomas Graham

University Press of Florida

At the same time that Flagler began building his hotel, he also purchased the railroad running from Jacksonville to St. Augustine. This rail line superseded the Tocoi line. Flagler also wished to tie his railroad in with the East Coast Canal. In order to create room for a new railroad station, Flagler filled the marshes of the San Sebastian River, greatly expanding the size of the town of St. Augustine. After working out an arrangement with U.S. senator Wilkinson Call, Flagler expanded his land holdings in town to include a whole section of property to the north and west of his hotels. His land excavation and filling operations raised fears of yellow fever.

Keywords:   East Coast Canal, excavation, Jacksonville, railroad, San Sebastian River, St. Augustine, Tocoi, Wilkinson Call, yellow fever

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