Flagler Memorial Island
In the center of this small island in Miami's Biscayne Bay is a 110-foot obelisk that stands in honor of Henry Flagler, perhaps the most influential figure in early Miami history. Flagler was one of the founders of Standard Oil and used his wealth to purchase and develop the Florida East Coast Railway. This railroad, along with other investments made or brokered by Flagler, were so influential to Miami's early history that he is often referred to as "The Father of Miami." The monument was dedicated in 1920 and the island and the monument were both donated to the city of Miami Beach in 1939. The island and monument regularly fell into disrepair and as of 2000 the obelisk was crumbling, The City of Miami Beach recently completed a full restoration of the monument and repaired some of the damage done by vandals.For more information about the monument and efforts to restore the area, see the articles linked below.
Backstory and Context