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Railroads: The Work of An Age

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia PA 19132
  • Wednesday May 4th 2011

This is the fascinating story of the nation’s railroad system and the men who created it. In little more than a hundred years the railroads became the backbone of commerce and industry, and, in fact, our entire economy. This walking tour, led by Richard A. Sauers, will visit the gravesites of Thomas Leiper, builder of the first permanent railroad in America; Matthias W. Baldwin, founder of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, which became the world’s largest manufacturer of steam locomotives; Samuel Vaughan Merrick, first president of the Pennsylvania Railroad; Frank Furness and Charles A. Wilson, architects of numerous train stations; Francis Anthony Chevalier de Gerstner, builder of the first railroad in Russia; and many others.

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