National Train Day: Women of the Rails Podcast

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May 7, 2021
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May 7 is National Train day!  The railroads built the West. And men built the railroads. But in many ways, it was women that made them successful.  Women have played a huge part in the story of trains, from inventing ways to make them safer to robbing them, and just about everything in between. To commemorate National Train Day and acknowledge the significant but understated role women have played The Historical Society of Pottawattamie County has released a new podcast, "Women of the Rails." In this episode, Dr. Richard Warner talks with Westerner researcher Chris Enss. Women were among the first telegraphers, as well as inventors of game-changing devices like the crossing gate and refrigerator car, Not all women involved with the trains were on the railroad payroll, but the robbers and ladies of negotiable virtue all fit into the story as well. The podcast can be downloaded free through any podcast app by searching for "Accidentally Historic" or at AccidentallyHistoric.com.

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Contact: Historical Society of Pottawattamie County
(712) 323-2509
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