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John Henry Hardbook

John Henry Hardbook

$17.99

John Henry Hardbook

John Henry was known as the strongest, fastest, and most powerful man working on the railroad. When the railroad brought in a steam drill to speed up the work of drilling through a tunnel, it was said that the steam drill could drill faster than any man. As the story goes, John Henry went up against the steam drill to prove that he could drill a hole through the rock farther and faster than the drill could, “man against machine.” Using two 10-pound hammers, he pounded the drill so fast and so hard that he drilled a 14-foot hole into the rock. The legend says that the drill was only able to drill nine feet. John Henry beat the steam drill and later died of exhaustion.  The story has been told in numerous versions, including two books available in person and online in our Gift Station. 

 Hard back book

$17.99

28 pages


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