Union Pacific Railroad

Western Union
August 1866

Mr. Dodge:

We advertized around the country and have rounded up several thousand men eager to work for the railroad. The workers have come from all over. The Civil War left many Union and Confederate soldiers without work. There are former slaves; new Irish, Cornish and German immigrants; and Mormons from Salt Lake City on our new crews, but most of the workers we hired are Irish.2


Russell 542 Promontory
Transcontinental Railroad Workers
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