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FLORIDA THEMES : RAILROADS

The growth of railroads in Florida before the Civil War was limited to a few companies who tried to connect major cities with cities in other states. It was perhaps the lack of railroads in Florida that made the state less of a battleground than other Confederate States. But after the Civil War, the growth of railroads exploded. The major cities of Florida were connected in the 1880s as the Louisville and Nashville Railroad expanded throughout the South, and the development of the East Coast Line by Henry Flagler led to the development of cities like Miami, Palm Beach, and the introduction of Florida as a tourism destination.
While there is less reliance on railroads as a major source of transportation today, they still remain an important element in today's society and in the development of Florida infrastructure. Some works relate the history of railroads across the state, and there are also directories and pamphlets related to the railway system.

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