Florida was a fertile field for developers during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Lumbermen were at work in the northern part of the state; the citrus industry was in its infancy; phosphate mining was just beginning; and northern vacationers and some invalids were discovering the restorative powers of Florida’s climate. Railroads were needed to serve and to further develop these diverse interests. Many men dreamed of building a network of rails in the state, and some began the project. Most failed, although a few succeeded. Henry Bradley Plant was one of the more successful. He constructed railroads, hotels, and steamship lines, and in the process served the various business enterprises in the state while earning a respectable profit for himself.
Johnson, Dudley S.
"Henry Bradley Plant and Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 45:
2, Article 4.
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