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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Florida History

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1. In 1912, Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway opened in Florida, connecting Key West to the mainland. The railway was considered an engineering marvel of its time and allowed for easier transportation of goods and people to the Keys.

2. In 1929, the City of Miami dedicated the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. The courthouse was designed by architect A. Ten Eyck Brown and features a neoclassical design with arched doorways and a central dome.

3. In 1934, the Florida Highway Patrol was established by the state legislature. The Highway Patrol's primary responsibility is to provide safety and security on Florida's highways.

4. In 1957, the University of Florida football team played its first game under head coach Bob Woodruff. The Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 22-0 in Jacksonville, Florida.

5. In 2010, the first phase of the SunRail commuter rail system opened in Central Florida. The system currently operates on a 32-mile route between DeBary and Sand Lake Road in Orange County, with plans for expansion in the future.
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