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The Engineers and Workers who built the Florida Overseas Railway

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The Engineers and Workers who built the Florida Overseas Railway

From 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.


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Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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