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  1. I’m interested to know what the ‘unusual package’ –referenced at the end of the first paragraph–was?
    thanks
    justin

    1. It was an orange blossom. Sorry, I wrote the story in a reply below but then saw the option to Reply directly. Hopefully you’ll see this!

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  3. Justin,

    Julia sent Henry an orange blossom. That was the “unusual package.”

    I’m not sure why it was left out of this description, but basically, when the railroad was being built, it was only going to go as far south as Orlando. Then there was a big freeze that destroyed the orange crops that year, from (roughly) Orlando up.

    Julia Tuttle went outside, picked an orange blossom, and sent it up to Henry Flagler. Flagler realized that the freeze had not affected the area where Julia lived, and agreed to extend the railroad.

    It may be an apocryphal story, but it’s the story every child in South Florida learns at some point. 🙂

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