My husband' grandfather and four of his brothers worked for the railroads I have been trying to find their records.
The Railroads played a huge role in American history. This was even truer in the settlement of the west, where entire communities were established as "railroad towns". In some of these, nearly every family was engaged in some aspect of railroading, or in supplying the families who were.
As lasting as the impression of the railroads has been, however, one crucial portion of the legacy has been fading from site. The stories of the men and women who built and ran the mighty iron roads have been all but forgotten. Records have been casually shredded during mergers, stored away unavailable to the descendants, allowed to languish in storehouses until illegible, or buried with the men and women themselves.
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