Railroad Union Birthplace

Registered Site L0282

Railroad Union Birthplace

In April 1863 a meeting held here at the home of Jared C. Thompson led directly to the organization of the Brotherhood of the Footboard. Under the leadership of Marshall's William D. Robinson, founder and first Grand Chief Engineer, 54 locals were established in the next 16 months. Renamed the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1864, the union grew to over 80,000 members by the mid-twentieth century.
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Erected 1974

Location: 633 West Hanover
Marshall, Calhoun County

Labor Movement

Latitude: 42.269915, Longitude: -84.968324

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