The railroads criss crossing America needed workers to lay the tracks, to blast through the mountains, to weld and hammer and supervise ... it was difficult and often dangerous work. Recent immigrants and their children were often the only ones who would take this work. The conditions were rough and many died helping to bring the coasts together and help move settlers and goods across this nation.
What labor did your ancestors do when they first arrived on the American shores? Did any work for the railroad? Some of my Scandinavia ancestors worked for the railroads when they first arrived, they were big men and the railroad wanted big men as supervisors. It was hard work and they were away from home a great deal. Most had not yet married when they took the jobs and I can sure understand why.
My newest Heritage collection Riding the Rails celebrates the era of the railroad and is perfect for scrapping ancestors or railroad buffs.
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Here are previews to the collection so you can get a better look and layouts from my wonderful Creative Team for inspiration.
AND happy scrapping!