Bangor and Aroostook Railroad snow shovel, ca. 1920

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Faye Jandreau of St. Francis used this shovel to clear tracks for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in the 1920's.

Wooden snow shovels such as this were used until the 1950s when more mechanized ways of removing snow became available.

Young men in the area sometimes skipped school after storms to get jobs shoveling snow for the railroad.

Several of these wooden shovels would be lined up for the young workers to claim for the job. If no shovels were left, no work. In the late 40's the pay was 69 cents per hour to shovel tracks and switches.

Often they shoveled snow onto flatcars that were moved to a trestle where the snow was shoveled into a river or stream.

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  • Title: Bangor and Aroostook Railroad snow shovel, ca. 1920
  • Creator: Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Location: Presque Isle, Aroostook County, ME
  • Media: Metal, wood
  • Dimensions: 126 cm x 36 cm x 10.5 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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PO Box 285, Presque Isle, ME 04769
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