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Jill Jonnes, Author of Penn Station History to Speak 4 October 2007

Jill Jonnes, author of Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic: The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels, will speak 4 October 2007 at Polytechnic University in a session sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Jonnes will tell the story and show slides of the early 20th century engineering feat of constructing a monumental system of electrified railroad tunnels under the Hudson River, Manhattan, and the East River to Long Island, capped with the crown jewel of Pennsylvania Station. For ten years, engineers and legions of “sand hog” laborers battled the crushing forces of two rivers as they burrowed through treacherous glacial soils, suffering blow-outs, explosions, labor troubles and mounting fatalities.