From Canals to Conservation: An Exhibit of the Historical Everglades

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Exploration

Railroads played a major role in the exploration and development of South Florida and the Everglades in the 1890s and early decades of the 20th Century. James E. Ingraham was a businessman and entrepreneur who moved to Florida in 1874 and spent most of his career working in Florida for the railroad tycoons, Henry Flagler and Henry Plant. As part of his work for the Plant railroad, Ingraham conducted an exploration survey through the Everglades from Ft. Myers to Miami in 1892. Surveys such as those made by Ingraham and other railroad employees demonstrated the strong interest in developing land in the Everglades. The Ingraham Papers (1854-1920) include correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to Ingraham's activities in the Everglades. Of particular interest is Ingraham's diary of the 1892 exploration trip through the Everglades, as well as documents regarding the expansion of the Flagler and Plant railroads in South Florida.

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1890-1910 1900-1910 1910-1920 1920-1930 1930-1950 Overview Timeline Exploration Dredging Development COnservation The Everglades by Mrs. Ingraham, c. 1925 East Coast Railway Map, a portion of Brevard and Dade Counties, 1901 South Florida as I found it Camp at Ft. Shackelford; last camp on dry land before entering the Everglades, 1892 Florida East Coast Railway Pass, 1908