DISCOVERING MIAMI

Monument Island with high rises in the background.

Monument Island with high rises in the background. Monument Island stands as a tribute to Henry Flagler.

 

According to the National Women’s History Museum’s website, Julia Tuttle is recognized as the only female founder of a major US city. Tuttle persuaded Henry Flagler to extend his railroad to South Florida after he suffered financial losses during a major freeze in North Florida. Flagler, the father of Florida tourism, extended his railroad to Miami and beyond. Because of Tuttle’s foresight modern day Miami emerged. She envisioned the city of Miami as a center of trade for South America. Her dreams are still being realized.

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