Wages and Rail Fares in the 1860's
Men's salaries while working on the RR: Men were paid between $1-$5 dollars per day. Immigrants were paid the lowest amount. Is this just for laying track? What were blacksmiths, cooks, carpenters, surveyors and telegraphers paid? What was a masons or a teamster paid during this time? ...
—Ron Goldfeder, St. Louis
[from the R&LHS Newsgroup.]