Transcontinental Railroad in United States

One of the biggest projects in U.S. history, the building of the transcontinental railroad is played out in “Hell on Wheels”.  Four of the lead actors are Irish: Phil Burke, Irish Canadian; Colm Meany, Dublin; Robin McLeavy, Australia – ancestry  Ireland; Dominique McElligott, Ireland, and many other Irish actors in the cast.

This is a great TV series of the hardship of forging into the West from Chicago by the Irish and the freed slaves during and immediately after the American Civil War, working together -superbly written and re-enacted. If you have not been watching – you are missing a great portrayal of America’s history - superbly written and acted by great Irish actors of this era. And once again shows what Irish immigrants who fought in the civil war and then worked on this railroad did to help build the U.S.A.. Don't be put off by the series name - this is a series for all men, women and children (might want to make sure they are the correct age - a little rough and tough).


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Tags: Railroad, United States

Comment by Robert A Mosher on October 8, 2014 at 10:34am

If you are interested in understanding the history of Irish immigration to America and the subsequent pattern of settlement behind many of the Irish communities we are familiar with today a good knowledge of how our railroads, canals, bridges, etc were built can be very useful,  And the Irish who worked on many of these projects were not limited to the years after the famine in Ireland for Irishmen were working on the Erie Canal and other such projects before the 1840s in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and west of there.  My own Scots-Irish ancestors from County Tyrone followed the extension of the new National Road (now US 40) perhaps because as a wheelwright he knew he would find work as merchants and migrants wore out their wagons on the new road.  One of my fondest memories is of the dinner table conversation with Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Paddy Devlin about the patterns of Irish immigration and settlement in America and how it reflected their work experience!

Comment by Jean Sullivan Cardinal on October 8, 2014 at 11:52am

I love the show.  They really try to stay historically correct.

Comment by Bit Devine on October 8, 2014 at 3:49pm

I wasn't even aware this series existed! I will have to see if it is available in my area

Comment by Jean Sullivan Cardinal on October 9, 2014 at 4:35pm

Bit, it's on AMC on Saturday.


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