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“Railroad Workers”

Footpath by William Penner

Introduction
Construction of the major railroads in New Mexico occurred during a 30-year period from 1880 to 1910. Maintaining and operating the track system required many people in the early years and was an important source of jobs in most parts of the state.

Railroad workers have had a variety of experiences and described their careers in different ways. Each perspective gives an insight into how attitudes, events, and technological changes affected the people who lived through them.

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