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Florida Book Award for Florida Nonfiction, Bronze - 2008
" A fascinating examination of the transformation of a frontier state by the liberal application of what passed for the "cutting-edge" technology of the times; the locomotive."
--The Gainesville Sun
"A surprisingly comprehensive examination of the railroad past in the Sunshine State. General readers, scholars, and others interested in the rich heritage of Florida rails will find this work of value."
"Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on the subject, this broad and engaging book explores for the first timea ll the key players and companies, including every significant period of development and reveals Florida's railroads as powerful instruments of change."
--South Ft. Myers
"A well-written, highly entertaining, and well-documented synthesis of the chronology of Florida's railroads which general readers will thoroughly enjoy and which academic specialists most certainly welcome as the journey into Florida railroad history continues."
--The Florida Historical Quarterly
"A pleasant, engaging style of writing that makes this book an enjoyable and eye-opening read that will appeal to classroom instructors and also the general reader. Florida historians will be thankful that we now have a well-executed history of railroading."
"An important work for anyone seeking a solid reference on the process by which the iron horse traversed Florida."
--Journal of Southern History