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This week in history: Flagler’s railroad reaches West Palm Beach

By Michelle Quigley

On March 22, 1894, Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway came south to West Palm Beach. The railroad lured businesses to the new downtown and established Palm Beach as a winter resort.

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In the 1890s and early 1900s, Flagler Memorial Bridge was a one-lane wooden railroad trestle with a footpath that provided access to Palm Beach via the Florida East Coast Railway. Guests with private railroad cars used the bridge to get to Palm Beach hotels. The bridge soon became a toll bridge, with pedestrians paying a nickel and horseback riders a dime to cross. Tolls ceased in 1928, and in 1938, the wood bridge was replaced by a four-lane concrete and steel structure. Read more about the Flagler Memorial Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

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Posted in Flashback blog March 22, 2010 at 9:19 am.

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