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Eagle County Historical Society hosts presentation about gandy dancers in Avon

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Railroad historian Pat Thrasher will portray gandy dancer Sean “Paddy” Adams in a railroad history presentation for the Eagle County Historical Society on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
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What: “The Life and Times of a Gandy Dancer” and Eagle County Historical Society annual meeting.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 28; brief business meeting at 6:15 p.m., followed by presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Avon Public Library, 200 Benchmark Road, Avon.

Cost: Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

More information: Railroad historian Pat Thrasher will portray a railroad gandy dancer while sharing the history of railroad building in the Colorado mountains. To learn more, visit www.eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com.

AVON — “Gandy dancer” is the historic slang name for the railroad workers who built tracks through challenging terrain and did the hard physical work of keeping the trains running. Those railroad men were typically recent immigrants who labored for poor wages in often-difficult conditions.

Railroad historian Pat Thrasher will share the history of these railroad men with his presentation “The Life and Times of a Gandy Dancer” at the Eagle County Historical Society’s annual meeting on Wednesday. The free program will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library.

Portraying Sean “Paddy” Adams, a walking boss with a Rio Grande railroad track gang, Thrasher will explore the life and livelihood of the people who built railroads in the Colorado Rockies. Thrasher, a board member and volunteer for the Glenwood Railroad Museum, has a lifelong passion for railroads and railroad history.

“The railroad played a key role in Eagle County history,” said Kathy Heicher, ECHS president. “We are delighted to offer this program for local history fans.”




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