Friday, August 03, 2012

Emigrant boxcars

From: "Mary Coyne Gottschalk"

I am trying to get more information about the boxcars in which immigrants traveled with their families, equipment, furniture and animals. I am particularly interested in information about routes to or from Iowa and/or stories about travelers to or from Iowa. ...

—Mary Gottschalk

Sources for UPRR construction fatalities and wages

Whopper alert: Seriously, one death every 528 feet on average to laborers paid an inflation adjusted $194/hour (tripled to $582/hour)?????

To: "Dave Walsh"

Regarding your article, Wonders of Wyoming by Dave Walsh.
[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Could you please tell us where did the following information about Union Pacific Railroad construction fatalities and wages come from?

" ... It is estimated that 10 lives were lost for every mile of track, due to Indian attacks and the sheer dangers of the work. ... The hearty souls that built the rails would earn a whopping $2.50 an hour, but in certain stretches across the Red Desert and in hostile areas, they could literally triple their wage. ... "