Soon after leaving the village of Florida City, the midtwentieth century auto traveler driving to the Florida Keys rounds a curve and comes on to the roadbed of the Overseas Highway. If he looks quickly, the driver may see mile post 397 of the Florida East Coast Railway, a few rods west of the highway. This lonely sentinel of the Everglades sawgrass, standing literally “at the end of the line,” marks the beginning of what was the Overseas Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway - a marvelous work of construction which ranks among the wonders of the world as an example of man’s ability to transform a wilderness into civilization by assembling men and amassing materials in a gigantic overwater construction project.
Willing, David L.
"Florida's Overseas Railroad,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 35
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol35/iss4/3