Business: Abandoned Keys

Far down the sunlit golden sands

Lie gleaming rails—the twin steel bands Of Commerce—spanning verdant isles, Running o'er the sea miles on miles; In old Key West their mission ends, Dreadnoughts to her each nation sends And wealth & fame all this portends.

The first seven lines of an acrostic continuing through Florida East Coast Railway, this verse was written by one J. B. Killegrew and included in a souvenir booklet issued in 1912 during the festivities that marked the opening of the so-called "Key West Extension," the 128-mile over-water rail route...

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