Hell on Wheels season 4. The life of workers of The Union Pacific as Cullen Bohannon or Psalms. Pay, diet, health and security. A hard life!
Pay varied according to responsibility. Drivers and apprentices received the least, the iron men received a little more, and foremen the healthiest sum.
The Union Pacific diet: cereals, beef, bread, and black coffee. They drank liquor and beer (made by Irish workers), water was in poor condition.
The hygiene was poor. Workers slept together and had lice in mattresses:
“To tell the truth, we were troubled by cooties,’ wrote a veteran of the Union Pacific.
Prostitutes spread venereal disease, there were bandits and smugglers who attacked the train route, and Native American Indian were another great problem. Remember the slaughter of troops at Fort Philip Kearny on December 21, 1866, “the Fetterman Massacre,” a terrible battle between the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians and soldiers of the United States army.
A hard life! Don’t you think so? Men had to be tough as Cullen Bohannon… but women too.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you. Hell on Wheels season 4 rocks! Summer is exciting!