Laguna Pueblo Indian RRers, Part 2

Yesterday, I talked about how eminent domain played a role in the development of the railroad, specifically looking at Native American lands. The Laguna Pueblo Indians had agreements with Atchison Topeka Santa Fe Railways that allowed the building of the railroad through their land. Instead of taking money for the right of way, the Laguna…

Laguna Pueblo Indian RRers, Part 1

When I first started out researching the subject of Navajos working on the railroad, it was clear that Navajos were not the only Native American Railroad workers. The federal government pressed for westward expansion during the 1870s and granted railroad companies millions of acres of right of way to assist the development.  For me, it…

My Journey

I wanted to make Metal Road to shed light on two related, yet often hidden issues:  manual labor in the US and Native American Histories.  Laborers are often the most economically oppressed people doing infrastructure jobs, but the workers are strong and resilient. My hope is their labors will not go unnoticed any longer.  …