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Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine

by Thomas Graham

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Arguably no man did more to make over a city—or a state—than Henry Morrison Flagler. Almost single-handedly, he transformed the east coast of Florida from a remote frontier into the winter playground of America’s elite.

Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine tells the story of how one of the wealthiest men in America spared no expense in transforming the country’s “Oldest City” into the “Newport of the South.” He built railroads into remote areas where men feared to tread and erected palatial hotels on swampland. He funded hospitals and churches and improved streets and parks. The rich and famous flocked to his invented paradise.

In tracing Flagler’s life and second career, Thomas Graham reveals much about the inner life of the former oil magnate and the demons that drove him to expand a coastal empire southward to Palm Beach, Miami, Key West, and finally Nassau. Graham also gives voice to the individuals history has forgotten: the women who wrote tourist books, the artists who decorated the hotels, the black servants who waited tables, and the journalists who filed society columns in the newspapers.

Filled with fascinating details that bring the Gilded Age to life, this book will stand as the definitive history of Henry Flagler and his time in Florida.

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ISBN-13: 9780813047560
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Thomas Graham is retired professor of history at Flagler College. He is the author of several books including Flagler’s St. Augustine Hotels and The Awakening of St. Augustine.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Dr. Anderson of St. Augustine, 1839-1880 1

2 Visions of the Ancient City, 1869-1880 10

3 The Private Henry Morrison Flagler, 1830-1883 21

4 Coming to Florida, 1883-1885 42

5 Architects Carrere and Hastings, 1885 56

6 Remaking the Oldest City, 1885 73

7 First, Buy the Railroad, 1885-1886 81

8 Construction of the Ponce de Leon, 1885-1887 88

9 Transforming St. Augustine, 1887 101

10 Electricity, Water, and Final Touches, 1887 125

11 Opening Day, 1888 141

12 Upstairs and Downstairs, 1888-1890 185

13 Memorial Church, 1890 218

14 Hotel Life in Paradise, 1891 245

15 The Season in St. Augustine, 1892-1893 265

16 After the Ball Is Over, 1893-1895 293

17 On to Miami, 1896-1897 325

18 Into Caribbean Waters, 1897-1899 351

19 Modern Times, 1900-1902 379

20 The Challenge of Key West, 1903-1906 411

21 Returning to St. Augustine, 1906-1911 442

22 Final Days, 1912-1913 476

Acknowledgments 499

Notes 501

Bibliography 557

Index 565

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