• Accident,  Corruption

    The Story Of America’s First Trans-Continental Railroad

    With the benefit of 150 years of hindsight, we can recognize today that the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869 was of greater importance to the people of the United States, culturally, socially, and economically, than the inauguration of steamship service across the Atlantic or the laying of the Atlantic Ocean telegraph cable. In an era of interstate highways and quick air travel, it is difficult to imagine just how isolated those parts of the United States farthest from the oceans were, even as late as the mid-19th century. That most optimistic of our early presidents, Thomas Jefferson, referred to the “immense and trackless deserts” in the Louisiana…

  • Accident,  Corruption,  Railroad,  Story,  Travel

    Railroaded in Cooperstown.

    In 1983, as the railroad police chief in Cooperstown, David investigated a double fatality railroad crossing accident. The evidence discovered during David’s investigation established that the train engineer was at fault. In an attempt to avoid liability, the railroad’s president, Walter Rich, directed David to lie about the evidence. David refused. His response would set in motion a chilling, but true, story of what can happen to one honest man when he confronts politics, power, and corruption in the small, but famous, Village of Cooperstown, New York. What follows is an incredible “David and Goliath” saga as David looked to the courts, public officials, and anyone else who would listen…