Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pic Today 2/2/16



RIDING THE RAILS

St. Louis is an historic railroad town,
with famous railways that played
a vital role in the expansion of the U.S.

An important crossroads for agriculture,
cattle, passengers and industry throughout
the 19th & 20th centuries,
and redefining itself today.

During the great depression (1930's),
many people were forced off the farm
and drawn to jobs a half continent away.
And often the only way to get there
was to hop on freight trains, illegally.

More than 2-million men, and perhaps
8,000 women became hoboes and "rode the rails"
to risk their lives to find employment out west.
Thousands were killed in accidents or by
brutal railyard guards to discourage free rides.

Some hoboes who later became famous
include oil billionaire H.L.Hunt, journalist Eric Sevareid,
and supreme court justice William Douglas.

Many of these railways are still in use today.


(Vintage photo at bottom -- courtesy of HistoricArchives.org, 1933)
 


9 comments:

  1. Los trenes tienen kilómetros y kilómetros de historias.
    Un abrazo, Rick.

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  2. Interesting history of the railway.
    Tough days for many people.
    Choose your President with care
    for the good of the people.
    Regards: Roger

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  3. Interesting history of the railway.
    Tough days for many people.
    Choose your President with care
    for the good of the people.
    Regards: Roger

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  4. Interesante y dura la historia. Las épocas de crisis son complicadas.
    Me gustan los trenes, las estaciones, las vías...

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  5. Hello friend!!I looked at your facebookaplication here..what a gret place and amazing shoots..Iam going to like it!

    Pretty shoots on the blog today!You are a very talented photographer Rick!xxx

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  6. wowo lovely! :) you are really talented! I love you pictures :)

    have a great day!
    the-not-so-girlygirl.blogspot.com

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  7. Buena foto Rick con una luz fantástica. Estupenda la historia del ferrocarril.

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  8. Love that shot with the light glinting off the rail.

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