The Engineers and Workers who built the
Florida Overseas Railway
1904 to 1912, the Florida East Coast Railway constructed 128 miles of railroad
from Homestead to Key West, 37 miles of which was over open water. This posed
many unique and difficult challenges to the large team of engineers involved.
The actual labor required employing an average of 4,000 workers at a time. A
total of 40,000 were recruited and employed during the course of the project.
Seven hundred of those died during their employment, many from the three
devastating hurricanes. The Oversea Extension, at the time a marvelous
engineering feat, ended the isolation of the Florida Keys.