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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Table of Contents
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