Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores.
This painting depicts a train crossing the historic Bahia Honda bridge on the Florida Keys. It was inspired by the book "Last Train to Paradise" which described the building of the bridge across the keys, and the fury of the hurricanes which ultimately destroyed the railroad.
This painting depicts a train crossing the historic Bahia Honda bridge on the Florida Keys. It was inspired by the book Last Train to Paradise which...
"Last Train To Paradise" was named after the biography of Henri Flagler. This cubist composition tells the story of the "Flagler's Foly" and shows the Key West train station, the locomotive #3, the Bahia Honda bridge and some of the many bridges which used to links Key West to the mainland.
Having just visited St. Augustine, Florida, I was well aware of Henry Flager's ability to make dreams reality. The hotels and churches he built there are testament to that. But "Last Train to Paradise" lays claim to Flager's even grander dreams, dreams that put Ft. Lauderdale and Miami on the map as well as a coastal railroad to Key West. Impossible to imagine in this day and age due to understandable environmental concerns, Lee Standiford's riveting book explains how a determined, aged Flager made the impossible possible, even in light of personal tragedy and natural disasters. Standiford's coverage of the 1935 hurricane that put a final end to Flagler's dream rivals Erik Larson's "Isaac's Storm" in intensity. Standiford does justice to this amazing story. Highly recommended.