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The completion of Flagler's Overseas Railway to Key West brought recession to Miami. What largely alleviated the drop in local employment?

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Beginning in 1905, the construction of the Oversea Extension necessitated a series of key-linking causeways and bridges, one of which was seven miles long. A great engineering feat, the "Overseas Railroad" reached its destination in January of 1912. Unfortunately, the completion of this great project meant many men in the Miami area were suddenly unemployed. The local recession was exacerbated by the death, the following year, of Henry Flagler, a man who had been such a positive force in the city's fortunes.  On the heels of these adversities, however, a momentous undertaking occurred at the behest of a wealthy farm equipment manufacturer. This, of course, was the construction of a now famous Miami landmark on Biscayne Bay, surrounded by magnificent formal gardens which, themselves, necessitated a great deal of architectural attention. Besides requiring the importation of stone cutters and gardeners, the project is reputed to have given work to every unemployed man in Miami.

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