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  • | Book

    The Von Toodleburgs

    An excerpt from F. Colburn Adams' The Von Toodleburgs.

  • | Illustration

    The Victoria Tubular Bridge at Montreal, Canada

    This image from the August 25, 1860 issue of Harper's Weekly depicts the Victoria Tubular Bridge at Montreal, Canada.

  • | Illustration

    The Vanderbilt Bronze Monument

    This image from the September 25, 1869 issue of Harper's Weekly depicts the Vanderbilt bronze monument at the Hudson River railroad depot in New York City, New York.

  • | Photograph

    The Unveiling of the Samuel B. Reed Monument in Joliet, Illinois, October 10, 1922

    This is a photograph taken at the unveiling of the Samuel B. Reed monument in Joliet, Illinois on October 10, 1922. The monument is still located on the grounds of the Joliet, Illinois Will County Court House, approximately 75 feet from the northeast corner of the building. It reads: "On this spot in 1850 Samuel Benedict Reed, Civil Engineer, pioneer railroad builder, citizen of Joliet, began the survey for the present Chicago Rock Island and Pacific, the first railroad to reach and bridge the Mississippi River. The first train into Joliet reached this initial point October 10, 1852. As Chief Engineer of Construction he directed the building of the Union Pacific, the first trans-continental railroad, the completion of which in 1869 realized the dream of Columbus: a westward trade route to the Indies. This rock from the summit of the Continental Divide on the line of the Union Pacific was placed here through the cooperation of these two railroads and dedicated October 10, 1922."

  • | Map

    The United State Railroad System, 1890

    This map from the 1898 Statistical Atlas of the United States depicts the entire United States railroad system in 1890. The accompanying table charts the increase in railroad mileage from 1830 to 1890.

  • | Illustration

    The Union Pacific Railroad—Terminus at Echo City, Utah

    This image from the February 27, 1869 issue of Harper's Weekly depicts the terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad at Echo City, Utah.

  • | Illustration

    The Union Pacific Railroad—Scene at Weber Canon, Utah

    This image from the February 27, 1869 issue of Harper's Weekly shows Weber Canon, Utah as seen from the Union Pacific Railroad.

  • | Artwork

    The Union Pacific Railroad - A Prairie on Fire in Nebraska, about 1864-69

  • The Tyranny of the "Brotherhood"

    This article from the July 25, 1877 edition of the Toledo Blade states the newspaper's strong oppositon to the "tyranny" of the railroad union, whose "managers care nothing for the welfare of the community at large, nor the best good of its members."

  • | Newspaper

    The Troops To Open The Line At Cumberland And Provide Against Trouble At Piedmont

    This article from the July 23, 1877 issue of the Baltimore American notes that two companies of troops had been dispatched to Cumberland, Maryland, to reopen the rail line.

  • | Illustration

    The Town of Kingston, Georgia

    This image from the July 2, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly depicts a railroad tracks and telegraph wires at Kingston, Georgia.

  • | Illustration

    The Town of Adairsville, Georgia

    This image from the July 2, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly depicts Union soldiers under the command of General William T. Sherman near a railroad depot at Adairsville, Georgia during the American Civil War.

  • | Newspaper

    The Tactics of Young Billy

    The Republican State Journal calls attention to Bryan's tactics within the Democratic Party, emphasizing his inability to compromise, his miscalculation of the Populist strength, and his failure to mend fences with the administration Democrats.

  • | Newspaper

    The Strikers at Grafton

    This letter to the editor from the July 20, 1877 Baltimore American supports the strikers as having "just cause" and criticizes the government officials for overreacting and creating the crisis.

  • | Newspaper

    The Strike Spreading

    This July 24, 1877 article from the Pittsburgh Daily Post notes the strike's spread throughout the country.

  • | Illustration

    The Strike on the Erie Railroad

    An August 11, 1877 image from Leslie's Illustrated depicting masses of strike supporters stoppping a train at Corning, New York, even as armed soldiers make their presence known.

  • | Newspaper

    The Strike in West Virginia

    This article from the July 20, 1877 edition of the London Times provides a description of the strike-related events in West Virginia.

  • | Newspaper

    The Strike Ended and Trains Moving

    This article from the July 30, 1877 issue of the Pittsburgh Daily Post calls the end of the strike a failure for the railroad workers and warns of the potential for a hollow truce between the railroad workers and the railroad owners.

  • | Newspaper

    The Strike at Home

    This article from the July 20, 1877 issue of the Pittsburgh Daily Post describes the blockade of the by railroad workers on strike and describes the strike's impact on the entire region.

  • The Strike

    This article from the July 24, 1877 edition of the St. Louis Dispatch notes the outbreak of violence in the city and states that "the railroad war in St. Louis has actually begun." The newspaper condemns the workers who are destroying property, but supports the "real workingmen" who "do not cut their own throats in this way."