Union Pacific Railroad

Western Union
June 1866

UPRR Crew:

Your team is a great group, but we need more people to help us lay track. We only have about 250 people working for us right now. We need more people to handle the handcarts to move the dirt from cuts and to fills. We already have some horses and mules, black powder and nitroglycerine, but we need men with sledges and drills, mauls and picks to do the job. We must have people willing to work under the burning sun, through choking snows and never-ending rain. Can you find more crews of strong men willing to work hard?2, 3

Grenville Dodge
Chief Engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad

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