• Travel

Speedway to Sunshine

The Story of the Florida East Coast Railway
Author: Seth Bramson
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
ISBN: 9781550463583
Category: Travel
Page: 347
View: 4290
Provides a history of the Florida East Coast Railway, from its inception through 2001, including entrepreneur Henry Flagler's attempt to construct a railway that would connect Key West to the Florida mainland.

    • History

Florida East Coast Railway


Author: Seth H. Bramson
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 9780738543413
Category: History
Page: 128
View: 1473
Florida East Coast Railway has been the speedway to America's playground for more than 110 years. FEC offered some of America's finest rail passenger service until 1968 and remains the freight lifeline of Florida's east coast. The railroad arrived on the shores of Biscayne Bay on April 15, 1896, and it reached Key West in January 1912. That feat etched both Henry Flagler's and the railroad's names in Florida and U.S. railroad history. FEC's operation is so precise and punctual, its roadbed and motive power so well maintained, that it is the benchmark for every other railroad in the country.

    • Photography

The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told

Henry Flagler & the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension
Author: Seth H. Bramson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625844530
Category: Photography
Page: 160
View: 2928
Although several people had considered constructing a railroad to Key West beginning in the early 1800s, it took a bold industrialist with unparalleled vision to make it happen. In 1902, Henry Flagler made the decision to extend the Florida East Coast Railway to "the nearest deepwater American port." In this book, renowned Florida historian Seth H. Bramson reveals how the Key West Extension of the Flagler-owned FEC became the greatest railroad engineering and construction feat in U.S., and possibly world, history, an accomplishment that would cement Flagler's fame and legend for all time. Join Bramson as he recounts the years of operation of this great railroad, what it did for the Florida Keys and what it meant to the resident conchs.

    • Photography

Miami Beach


Author: Seth Bramson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439633312
Category: Photography
Page: 128
View: 3880
Miami Beach began its rise to the top of the world’s resort scene when Carl Fisher, builder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, arrived prior to 1920. The lure of “The World’s Playground” was impossible to ignore for many, as hotels and restaurants flourished, even through the Great Depression. The images in this volume evoke poignant memories of Miami Beach’s great past, almost inevitable downturn, and return to life with the discovery of South Beach and a renewed interest in art deco. Among the vintage views, most of which have never before been published, are early Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue; Miami Beach High School; Parham’s; Junior’s; Wolfies; Pumperniks; the first hotel on Miami Beach, Brown’s; the Roney Plaza; the Fontainebleau; and, of course, the people who helped create this modern paradise.

    • Architecture

Old Florida

Florida's Magnificent Homes, Gardens, and Vintage Attractions
Author: N.A
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 9780847825639
Category: Architecture
Page: 208
View: 1571
An exploration of the great architecture, homes, and gardens of late nineteenth-century Florida captures a diverse array of styles, ranging from the opulent and ornate mansions of the very rich to charming, country-style cottages, including Thomas Edison's winter home, the Italian villa Vizcaya, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's simple cottage. 12,000 first printing.

    • Transportation

Atlantic Coast Line Passenger Service

The Postwar Years
Author: Larry Goolsby,Charles Lawrence Goolsby
Publisher: Tlc Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781883089450
Category: Transportation
Page: 142
View: 1098
The story of the Atlantic Coast Line's wonderful postwar passenger trains is told in a readable narrative supported by scores of company publicity photos that depict the trains inside and out. This book not only covers the great New York-to-Florida streamliners, but also the locals and workaday passenger trains that crisscrossed the ACL system. Also featured are car and locomotive rosters, diagrams and drawings, and other material useful to modelers in constructing and painting ACL passenger cars.

    • History

A Journey Into Florida Railroad History


Author: Gregg M. Turner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 283
View: 2756
Meticulously researched and richly illustrated--including many never-before-published images--A Journey into Florida Railroad History is a comprehensive, authoritative history of the subject. Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on Florida railroads, it explores all the key players and companies, and every significant period of development. This engaging and lively story will be savored and enjoyed by generations to come.

    • Transportation

Florida's Great Ocean Railway


Author: Dan Gallagher
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 156164756X
Category: Transportation
Page: 208
View: 8811
The building of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway extension over water to Key West from 1905 to 1916 was s triumph of engineering and logistics. The Keys were remote and with little means of communication. The massive amounts of materials had to be moved with steam power. This book tells the story of the planners and their plan and its execution. It has 250 old photos, most of which have never been published before.

    • History

Tampa Bay Landmarks and Destinations


Author: Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467113662
Category: History
Page: 96
View: 7098
This book takes a colorful look at the amusement parks, restaurants, parks, beaches, and other points of interest known and loved by Tampa Bay locals and tourists alike. From Busch Gardens to Sunken Gardens, Golden Gate Speedway to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and Colonial Beach to Clearwater Beach, Images of Modern America: Tampa Bay Landmarks and Destinations honors the diverse, unforgettable attractions that helped entice millions to visit and live in this beautiful region of west central Florida.

    • Travel

Fido's Florida: A Dog-Friendly Guide to the Sunshine State (Dog-Friendly Series)


Author: Ginger Warder
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581578407
Category: Travel
Page: 256
View: 3239
Enjoy everything Florida has to offer—with dog as your copilot! More than half of all households in the U.S. own at least one dog, and more dog owners are traveling with their pets these days, whether out of necessity or desire. Fortunately, more hotels, motels, and B&Bs are accommodating canine guests than ever before. When you decide that your best friend deserves a Florida vacation as much as you do but you’re not sure how to find pet-friendly accommodations, doggie day-care in vacationland, or restaurants where you and your pal will both be welcome, pick up Fido’s Florida and you’ll find a wealth of valuable information at your fingertips. Whether you need all-important resources like 24-hour emergency vets, pet stores, specialty dog-food suppliers, or resources for dog-friendly fun like sidewalk cafés, shops, and beaches where your dog can accompany you, it’s all here in one terrific new guidebook. It’s time to pack the squeaky toys and the sunblock, the biscuits and the beachball, and head to sunny Florida with your best buddy for a vacation you’ll both love!

    • Sports & Recreation

Daytona

From the Birth of Speed to the Death of the Man in Black
Author: Ed Hinton
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
ISBN: 9780446611787
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 480
View: 7719
A history of the Daytona 500 and NASCAR ranges from the first race in 1959 to the death of Dale Earnhardt in a collision during the 2001 race, offering a glimpse into the world of stock car racing and the lives of the racers.

    • History

Miami Beach in 1920, The Making of a Winter Resort


Author: Abraham D. Lavender
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439630461
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 9455
Recognized for its poise and fashion, Miami Beach embodies the best elements of the new American city: cultural diversity, imaginative architecture, and dazzling scenery. In many aspects, Miami Beach is a metropolitan masterpiece, sculpted by the careful hands of visionary entrepreneurs against a magnificent coastal backdrop. The evolution of Miami Beach from a small, uninhabited strip of palmetto scrub and swamp into an internationally-renowned resort is a fascinating tale of human ingenuity, endurance, and foresight. A milestone in the city's development, the year 1920 marked many significant improvement, such as the new County Causeway bridge, and many "firsts" for the expanding hamlet, including the first electric trolley, the first automated telephone system, and its first post office building. Readers of all ages will be thoroughly entertained as they explore their Miami Beach of yesteryear: a time of Prohibition and bootlegging, grand hotels and lavish casinos, budding polo fields and golf courses, and the many distinct personalities that added color and life to this burgeoning town.

    • Photography

Middletown Pacemakers

The Story of an Ohio Hot Rod Club
Author: Ron Roberson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439630070
Category: Photography
Page: 168
View: 4967
Hot Rodding began in Southern California in the 1930s and had spread throughout the United States by the mid 1950s, spawning the sport of drag racing and the advent of the Detroit "muscle cars" of the '60s and '70s. Hot Rod Magazine and the National Hot Rod Association promoted the formation of responsible car clubs to combat the delinquent reputation of hot rodders, earned through illegal street races and Hollywood's portrayal in "B" movies. And thus were born the Middletown Pacemakers in 1951. The Pacemakers brought southern Ohio its first reliability runs (1952), custom auto shows (1954), and drag racing competitions-setting national records (1958, '63, '64) and winning national championships (1963, '64, '65). When the hot rodders were not busy upgrading their drive train for more horsepower or "chopping" and "channeling" for improved performance, they could often be seen on the streets of Middletown feeding expired parking meters or rescuing motorists whose cars had broken down or run out of gas. By 1966, as was the fate of so many hot rod clubs, the mass production of Detroit muscle cars ushered the Pacemakers to fold.

    • Sports & Recreation

SPENCER SPEEDWAY LEGENDS 1957-1977


Author: Len Kasper
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1480973661
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 228
View: 4275
SPENCER SPEEDWAY LEGENDS 1957-1977 by Len Kasper SPENCER SPEEDWAY LEGENDS 1957-1977 was written using notes and journals kept by the author, and it tells an in-depth chronology of a racetrack in a suburb of Rochester, New York, over a twenty-year period. The storyline follows the drivers, owners, promoters, officials, and race crews that made this incredible history possible. It includes a multitude of behind-the-scenes information and personal stories with rare photographs from the author and from the racing families themselves. For those who lived through the period, it is a nostalgic trip back in time. For others, it will be a compelling journey through time where local tracks were evolving from jalopy tracks to professional racing circuits, and their drivers rose to national prominence.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Santa Is Coming to Florida


Author: Steve Smallman,Robert Dunn
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 9781402275272
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
View: 7918
A new holiday series that features the Jolly Old Elf heading south from his home in the North Pole and flying to locations around the United States and Canada to deliver presents and good cheer.

    • Railroads

Railfan & Railroad


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Railroads
Page: N.A
View: 4277

    • Juvenile Fiction

Lowriders in Space


Author: Cathy Camper
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452143145
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 4122
Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay chihuahua! What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe? Striking, unparalleled art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles, while the story is sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book will educate and entertain in equal measure.

    • Photography

Miami

The Magic City
Author: Seth H. Bramson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439633584
Category: Photography
Page: 128
View: 584
Miami sprang into existence on July 28, 1896, following the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway from West Palm Beach on April 15, 1896, and the publication of the soon-to-be city’s first newspaper, The Miami Metropolis, on May 15, 1896. However, evidence suggests people lived in the area as early as the 1700s. Nicknamed “the Magic City” by publicists working for railroad and hotel builder Henry Flagler, Miami has weathered yellow fever epidemics, World War I, the 1920s boom and bust, World War II, and numerous other economic ups and downs to become one of the world’s great cities and the catalyst for the growth of the South Florida megalopolis.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Just a Shot Away

Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont
Author: Saul Austerlitz
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 1250083192
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
View: 6047
“The most blisteringly impassioned music book of the season.” —New York Times Book Review A thrilling account of the Altamont Festival—and the dark side of the ‘60s. If Woodstock tied the ideals of the '60s together, Altamont unraveled them. In Just a Shot Away, writer and critic Saul Austerlitz tells the story of “Woodstock West,” where the Rolling Stones hoped to end their 1969 American tour triumphantly with the help of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and 300,000 fans. Instead the concert featured a harrowing series of disasters, starting with the concert’s haphazard planning. The bad acid kicked in early. The Hells Angels, hired to handle security, began to prey on the concertgoers. And not long after the Rolling Stones went on, an 18-year-old African-American named Meredith Hunter was stabbed by the Angels in front of the stage. The show, and the Woodstock high, were over. Austerlitz shows how Hunter’s death came to symbolize the end of an era while the trial of his accused murderer epitomized the racial tensions that still underlie America. He also finds a silver lining in the concert in how Rolling Stone’s coverage of it helped create a new form of music journalism, while the making of the movie about Altamont, Gimme Shelter, birthed new forms of documentary. Using scores of new interviews with Paul Kantner, Jann Wenner, journalist John Burks, filmmaker Joan Churchill, and many members of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, as well as Meredith Hunter's family, Austerlitz shows that you can’t understand the ‘60s or rock and roll if you don’t come to grips with Altamont.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Flagler

Rockefeller Partner and Florida Baron
Author: Edward N. Akin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813011080
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 305
View: 2622
From reviews of the first edition: "A succinct and informed account of [Flagler's] leadership in transforming Florida's economy."--American Historical Review "An important contribution to the understanding of Standard Oil's extended partnership and how the personal desire of Flagler led to the early development of Florida's Atlantic Coast."--The Historian Henry M. Flagler (1830-1913), the ambitious Gilded Age tycoon who designed and built much of Florida's fashionable east coast, rode to success on the rails. As John D. Rockefeller's closest adviser in the 1870s, Flagler helped assemble the Standard Oil empire. In this thoroughly researched biography, Akin shows that Flagler understood early in his career that cheap freight rates determined industrial profits. Portraying Flagler as an aggressive entrepreneur, Akin documents his shrewd negotiations to obtain reduced rates, rebates, and drawbacks from the railroads, thus assuring Standard Oil's national domination over oil transportation costs. Flagler drove himself as hard as he drove a bargain, obsessed with the desire to create a monument to himself that he called "my domain." His legacy was no less than modern Florida. In 1885, at the age of fifty-five, he turned his attention away from Standard Oil and began construction of the Ponce de León luxury hotel in St. Augustine, the city where he had honeymooned with his second wife. Realizing he could never fill its rooms unless better transportation with the North was available, he embarked on the second railroad venture of his lifetime, creation of the Florida East Coast Railway. Flagler's resort empire eventually included The Breakers in Palm Beach and the Royal Palm in Miami; his Atlantic coast railroad extended all the way to Key West, an engineering achievement that was called the "eighth wonder of the world." By the beginning of the twentieth century, Flagler dominated not just the resort and railroad industries in Florida but steamship and agricultural operations, too. Florida politicians gave his projects preferential treatment, even changing the state's divorce law so he could marry for a third time. Woven into this biography are details about Flagler's family, personality, three marriages, alienation from his only son, and devotion to the Presbyterian church--copy that fueled society gossip columns from New York to Palm Beach for decades. Edward N. Akin, author of Mississippi: An Illustrated History and other works on southern history, taught at Mississippi College in Clinton. His biography of Henry Flagler won the 1985 Phi Alpha Theta manuscript prize.