06/07/2012 10:55 am



The man who saw wilderness and out of  it created an empire” – Richard H Edmonds

Henry Flagler was an American oil tycoon, real estate development and railroad builder. He was a key figure in the development of Florida’s east coast, being the founder of what become the Florida East Coast Railway. Flagler was one of John Rockefeller’s original partners in the oil business; he became extremely wealthy through the growth of the Standard Oil Company.

He is known as the father of Miami and also founded Palm Beach Florida. Perhaps his greatest project was extending the Florida East Coast railroad to Key West, an extraordinary achievement.