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This is the grave of John Edgar Thomson. Born in 1808 in Springfield, Pennsylvania, J. Edgar Thomson grew up in an engineering family of the Transportation Revolution. His father was an engineer who was a key figure in the canal building craze after the opening of the Erie Canal and also did some railroad work. […]
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This is the grave of Matthias Baldwin. Born in 1795 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, Baldwin was wealthy as a small child. His father was a builder of fancy carriages for the rich and did very well for himself. But dad died in 1799 and the executors of the estate were incompetent. The money started dribbling […]
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The Tech of Death

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On June 16, 2020
Gizmodo has this series where they ask experts this or that. For this week’s version, they asked a bunch of historians about which technology has led to the most accidental death. I was one of the historians they asked and pointed to the railroad. I don’t know if trains have in fact killed more people […]
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This is the grave of Collis Huntington. One of the most corrupt capitalists of the Gilded Age, Collis Huntington was born in 1821 in Harwinton, Connecticut. He traveled around a lot as a young man, from Virginia to New York, before heading to California during the gold rush. There he had success running a hardware […]
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