It's only a week until the 100th anniversary of the inaugural journey of
's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad, which arrived for the first time in
on Jan. 22, 1912.
The celebration will be in full swing this week in the Florida Keys, with events that include a costume ball, one-man performance by a Flagler re-enactor, themed parade in Key West and more. Visit flaglerkeys100.com for the schedule.
There's also a new commemorative outdoor art mural celebrating the milestone at Mile Marker 95 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway in
. The hand-painted mural, measuring 60 feet long and almost 12 feet high, depicts a passenger train steaming across a bridge beneath a full moon adorned with Flagler's face.
If you can't make the trek this week, you can still incorporate the anniversary into your trip in the coming months:
At the Key West Museum of Art &
at the Custom House (281 Front St., Key West), the permanent exhibit "Flagler's Speedway to Sunshine" chronicles the railroad's construction, heyday and demise. Visitors can view a re-created
car, a replica section of the
and footage of the journey from the Middle Keys to Key West. (kwahs.com; 1-305-295-6616)
At Bahia Honda State Park, at Mile Marker 36.8 in the Lower Keys, re-enactments commemorating the railroad's completion will be staged through March. Rangers will offer monthly programs on a stage decorated as Flagler's private train car, featuring portrayals of historic characters including Flagler and
. The performances are free with park admission and show dates are announced at the beginning of each month. (floridastateparks.org/bahiahonda/events.cfm; 1-305-872-9807)