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What We Learned: Artifacts

In their exploration of the railroad tracks around Depot Square, the students found an old railroad spike that was used to secure the tracks to the ties. They used the actual spike in their exhibit.

When we went to Depot Square, we walked around to the back to the railroad tracks. About 120 feet from the river bank we found this railroad spike! We were told that it is at least 40 years old.

The students also saw and learned about some other artifacts though their oral history recordings:


Video Clips:

Lock & Keys (MPEG 8.4MB)
Nail (MPEG 9.7MB)


ABOVE: Lock from the Montpelier & Wells River Rail Road. Keys from the Central Vermont Railway and other companies. RIGHT: This nail would have been hammered into a railroad tie as it was being laid in 1929. It was the equivalent of a date stamp so that the railway company would know when to replace the tie. The life of a railroad tie was about 40 years. Lock from the Montpelier & Wells River Rail Road. Keys from the Central Vermont Railway and other companies.
lock & key photo
nail photo