|The Railroads section is by far the most important and interesting part of this |
website. My past ancestors and present family including myself, have worked for
With the advent of this new form of transportation in the early 1800's, the
railroads brought the westward expansion of the United States to the forefront.
Now the necessary supplies and people to build a nation could be transported to
their destination in a matter of days or weeks, where as before it took months or
the goods could not be delivered at all. Passenger travel from the east to the west
coast was now an attainable goal. Livestock transportation made it profitable to
ship animals from the west to the east where there was a market for beef, pork
and poultry. Wheat, corn, and other grains could now be shipped in mass quantities,
along with coal and other necessary goods. But most of all the railroads provided
jobs, either through the railroad company itself or with the creation of
manufacturing jobs and farming. In the next pages you will read about my family,
David T. Nichols, Edward J. Engel, James Crawford, David T. Crawford, Clifford L.
Nichols, Charles Ervin and Robert E. Jacobs. Also, just as important were the
family, friends, acquaintances and co-workers of my ancestors and present family,
who are also included in this section.
Without these individuals, there would be no story.