Last Train to Paradise - Les Standiford

Last Train to Paradise

By Les Standiford

  • Release Date: 2002-09-24
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
From 62 Ratings


The 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.

In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller, dreamed of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean—an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. Many considered the project impossible, but build it they did. The railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” until its total destruction in 1935's deadly storm of the century. 

In Last Train to Paradise, Standiford celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, bringing to life a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.


  • "Last Train To Paradise" is a gem.

    By StretchAU
    A fascinating read that should be mandatory for residents and a must read for visitors of the State of "Fla.". If you have any regard for Florida in your heart, this book is for you. This gem provides a clear vision of a different time.... not so long ago .... of a man, his dream, a place and it's people, and the challenges of a unique journey. As they say, "It's not the destination..... It's the journey." In this work, you will find that and more.