Sunday, October 9, 2011

Erie Rail Road Polka -- October 9, 2011

Doctor Peter Henri Van Der Weyde wrote the series of articles which gave this blog its name. Among his many accomplishments was composing popular music, like the "Erie Rail Road Polka for the Piano Forte" from 1851. The New York and Erie Rail Road was chartered in 1832 to connect the Hudson River with Lake Erie. The builders chose to use a 6-foot gauge. In the 1860s the Erie was the victim of many financial blackguards. 

The image is from the Lester S Levy Collection of Sheet Music at Johns Hopkins University.

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