Exactly 100 years after Henry Flagler was greeted by a Key West parade celebrating his first Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad train’s journey from mainland Florida to the island city, a similar parade was held Sunday to commemorate the centennial of the railroad’s debut.
The parade through Key West’s Old Town was a highlight of the Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad Centennial Celebration that continues through Monday.
The Over-Sea Railroad connected the previously isolated Florida Keys with each other and the mainland for the first time, paving the way for their evolution into today’s vibrant community of islands. The completion of the line has been called the single most important event in Keys history. Continued