“The Luck of the Irish Railroad Worker”

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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Through the centuries, people came to the land known as America, and they continued to come when the Declaration of Independence was signed establishing the United States of America. Among those people were the Irish who escaped the famine in Ireland, and many passed by the American flag that rises over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, and they settled a community in the southern part of the city. When a railroad was being established in their community, the Irish applied and were hired as workers. In the early years of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Irish workers built the tracks from the Mount Clare Station to what would become the town of Ellicott Mills. (It is now Ellicott City, Maryland.) They serviced the trains in the Mount Clare Shops. They repaired the tracks. At the end of the day, they went home to their rowhouses…

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