According to Merle Surrency Harris, who watched the Orange Blossom Special pull into Naples on Jan. 7, 1927, "There were many introductions and speakers, with lots of pomp and ceremony popular in those days. Bouquets were presented to certain ladies and when the speeches finally ended, a parade formed with the VIPs and pretty girls in the lead. ..." Seaboard’s arrival was heralded by what the Collier County News called "the largest celebration in the honor of the opening of a new railroad line in the nation's history" that showcased "the beauties and possibilities of the little gulfside city."
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