Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges to host free lecture on Florida rail history

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University will host a free session on the colorful history of Florida’s West Coast Rail. The session will be held on March 25 from 10:00 am to11:30 am at the Moorings Park Learning Center, on Goodlette Road, just south of Pine Ridge.

Henry Flagler's East Coast Railways are well known. While Flagler concentrated on his efforts to reach Key West, numerous entrepreneurs were pushing their railroads through pinelands and cypress swamps along the west coast of Florida. Join us for a look at pioneering railroad efforts to link the gulf coast to the rest of America.

The session will be conducted by David Southall, the Curator of Education at the Collier County Museum, a position he has held for the past 10 years. Mr. Southall is a graduate of S.U.N.Y at Buffalo where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his Master’s at Cornell University.

The session is free of charge but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6133.

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