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Train 49

Train 49

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Eldar Kadymov16-Aug-2009 16:11
Amigo, you ability to build spiritual links between forsaken places and apocalyptic dates amazes me even more than your incredible knowledge of history...
Michael Weinberg14-Aug-2009 22:45
Hello O Evil One. There is something very wicked in this photo... and it may not even have been intentional. The golden yellow 49 could be referring to those miners, the San Francisco forty-niners, who traveled to California .... desperate folks who sacrificed much of their lives in their search for gold. Here is an excerpt from Wilkipedia:

"Thousands traveled overland, in covered wagons, pushing wheelbarrows, on horseback and on foot, a journey of 3,000 miles that took three to seven months. In 1849 some 15,597 more reached San Francisco by sailing around Cape Horn, 15,000 miles requiring four to eight months. A quicker route lay through the Isthmus of Panama, half the distance and taking only two to three months."

"Once in California the forty-niners found themselves in a wild, roaring country. Gold there was but finding it required backbreaking work, in competition with thousands of other increasingly desperate fortune seekers. No infrastructure existed to support so many people. Towns like Hangtown, Skunk Gulch, and Murderers Bar were clumps of tents and shacks, and the most ordinary commodities cost their weight in gold. Far from home, the forty-niners joined together in clubs for companionship and support and for the promise of a proper burial."