The Menace of the Iron Horse

The Menace of the Iron Horse (HMHCL)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Allegheny County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 27.25', W 79° 58.978'

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Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Between 1865 and 1880, the railroad system grew rapidly, tripling in size and connecting urban areas throughout the country. Generally unchecked, railroad tracks cut through the heart of cities, with little concern for the best interests of residents and local business. Thirty-five-ton locomotives barreled down densely populated streets that ten years earlier saw only foot traffic and horse-drawn buggies. In 1876 alone, the Erie Railroad reported 61 deaths and 53 injuries among non-railroad workers.

Railroad traffic was particularly disruptive to the lives of women, whose social networks and daily routines revolved around street life. Children, who made playgrounds of city streets, were also increasingly vulnerable. As The Great Strike took hold throughout the country, people from all walks of life joined in solidarity with workers. In Pittsburgh, men, women and children alike vented anger at the railroad, which degraded the lives of many to create wealth for a few.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Howling Mob Society
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 12:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 586236 N 4478663
Decimal Degrees40.45416667, -79.98296667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 27.25', W 79° 58.978'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 27' 15.00" N, 79° 58' 58.68" W
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Area Code(s)412, 724, 215
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2300-2398 Railroad St, Pittsburgh PA 15222, US
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