Keywords: Railroad workers
Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.
Many of the dockworkers -- longshoremen -- in Portland were Irish or of Irish descent. The Irish language was spoken on the docks and Irish traditions followed, including that of giving nicknames to the workers, many of whose given names were similar.
To lay the track workers would drive lateral rows of holes six inches deep into the solid granite, and then insert an 18 by 1.25 - inch iron rod.