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Photos – The Real Thomas Durant

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Thomas Durant isn’t just one of Hell on Wheels‘ most compelling characters — he was actually a fascinating real-life player in the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Click through to see a gallery of images provided by the University of Iowa Libraries Levi Leonard Papers. Images include a shot of the stock that made Durant famous and a receipt for extravagant purchases at Tiffany’s.

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To see more artifacts from the Hell on Wheels era, check out the University of Iowa Libraries Levi Leonard Papers.

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