By Thomas Graham
This enormous biography tells the tale of ways one of many wealthiest males in the USA spared no cost to show the country’s “Oldest urban” right into a hugely fascinating holiday vacation spot for the wealthy. Upon arrival, Flagler stumbled on lodgings in St. Augustine to be inferior, so he got down to construct the opulent Ponce de Leon resort, and hence started his undertaking to draw filthy rich tourists to the small southern urban. He funded hospitals and church buildings and stronger streets and parks. He developed railroads in distant components the place males feared to tread and erected palatial lodges on swampland. the wealthy and recognized flocked to Flagler’s invented paradise. And he had the imaginative and prescient to stretch his new railroad southward, constructing lodges and lodgings alongside the way.
In tracing Flagler’s moment profession, Thomas Graham unearths a lot concerning the internal lifetime of the previous oil wealthy person and the demons that drove him to extend a coastal empire that finally encompassed Palm seashore, Miami, Key West, and eventually Nassau. Graham additionally provides voice to the participants that heritage has forgotten: the ladies who wrote vacationer books, the artists who adorned the lodges, the black servants who waited tables, and the reporters who penned society columns for the newspapers.
Arguably no guy did extra to make over a city—or a state—than Flagler. nearly single-handedly, he remodeled Florida from a distant frontier into the iciness playground of America’s elite. packed with attention-grabbing information that carry the Gilded Age to existence, Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine provides an authoritative examine an fascinating guy and a charming time in American history.