The Railroad Surgeons of Western Pennsylvania


During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, railroading was just about the most dangerous job in the country. In Western Pennsylvania, a hub of railroad activity, fatalities and injuries among rail employees were among the highest in the nation. Between July 1906 and June 1907, 125 railroad workers in Allegheny County were killed in accidents, and thousands more were injured. Of those killed, 77 were under the age of 30.

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