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In August 1832, fifty-seven Irishmen were working on a difficult stretch of railroad near Philadelphia which became known as Duffy’s Cut. It was laborious work, cutting a railway right of way through dense wooded hills and valleys. A tragic event would ensue and some say that the ghosts of the Irishmen haunt the area where they met an untimely end.

The modern day "Duffy's Cut".  A portion of the rail line near Philadelphia, PA passing through Malvern where 57 Irish rail workers died suddenly in 1832.
The modern day “Duffy’s Cut”.  A portion of the rail line near Philadelphia, PA passing through Malvern where 57 Irish rail workers died suddenly in 1832.

Philip Duffy was hired to dig out a stretch of the Philadelphia to Columbia railroad just west of Philadelphia known as mile 59. This became known as Duffy’s Cut. It was rough terrain and he hired a band of Irishmen to layout the mile long piece of road bed.  The roadbed was eventually completed, but at a terrible price.  Read the full story>>

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There are two stories that revolve around a stretch of woods west of Lincoln, Nebraska known as Wilderness Park.  One regarding rail disaster in the late 1800s and the other regarding what people claimed to be a child murdering witch.

Wilderness Park in Lincoln, Nebraska is thought to have many spirits that haunt it's woods and trails.
Wilderness Park in Lincoln, Nebraska is thought to have many spirits that haunt it’s woods and trails.

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On the early morning of February 5, 1887, a Montreal bound Central Railroad train No. 50 known as the “Night Express” was speeding along attempting to make time because it was running late. At some point near Hartford, Vermont as it neared a large wooden railroad bridge, the last sleeper car on the train jumped the track, unknown to anyone on board as the express sped along through the night.  The Night Express crossed the Woodstock Bridge as it was known at the time, and a disaster was about to unfold.

The charred remains of the Woodstock Bridge right after the Night Express train crash of 1887.  Photo courtesy: www.northeast.railfan.net

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In the late 1800s from 1863 and 1869 to be exact, laborers toiled so that the Eastern and Western United States was joined via railway for the first time.  This culminated at Promontory Point, Utah just north west of Salt Lake City.

The golden spike ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869 finalized the completion of the transcontinental railroad

The golden spike ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869 finalized the completion of the transcontinental railroad

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Most of the workers that built the transcontinental railroad were Chinese immigrants.  When these workers were not working on the railway, they spent their time at their base camp which was near Kelton, Utah in the Dove Creek Basin which is not far from Promontory Point.  Thousands of Chinese workers died while laboring on the transcontinental railway.  Some claim their souls remain and let themselves be known.  Read the full story>>

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