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415- Harry Higel

Posted By Alexandra Martin, Thursday, November 28, 2013

Honoree: Harry Higel - Garden 415

Student: Alexandra Martin

Garden Location: 

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

12450 S.W. 152nd Street
Miami, Florida 33177-1402

Phone: 305 - 253 - 0063


Harry Higel was a very influential Floridian. Mr. Higel was elected three times to become the mayor of Sarasota, director of the Seaboard Air Line, director of the Bank of Sarasota, built the Higelhurst Hotel, and he partnered up to name a new subdivision of Sarasota to "Siesta"! He has been a great inspiration to Florida especially to the Sarasota community. Since Harry Higel was director of the Seaboard Air Line, I aspired to plant a garden in a place where many people would value it. After doing a considerable amount of research, I was able to track down one of his trains from his company- The Seaboard Air Line. One of his well-known trains is located at The Gold Coast Railroad Museum here in Miami. Subsequently, I contacted the museum director and I was able to successfully plant a garden in the entry of the museum. I believe this is a suitable place to plant the garden in his honor because everyone who walks through the museum's doors will have a great admiration for trains. And consequently, everyone will appreciate the  garden even more! His train is situated just a short distance away from the garden. The Seaboard Air Line was actually one of the main railway companies in Florida, so I hope that the garden I planted in honor of Harry Higel will be admired by the train-lovers that pass by the museum every day!

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