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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

“The Gandy Dancer”

 
 
"The Gandy Dancer" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. "The Gandy Dancer" Marker
Inscription. Section crews were the laborers who built the railroads in the beginning and have continued throughout the years to maintain them. These crews were most efficient in moving heavy sections of rails when they all worked in unison. To accomplish this they sometimes used songs or some other method of keeping a beat. The tools used were manufactured by the Gandy Tool Company, hence the term, "Gandy Dancer." The tools shown here are the spike maul, rail gauge, wrench, clawbar, and rail tongs.

Clyde "Ross" Morgan, Sculptor
 
Erected 2000 by City of Flagstaffs Public Art Program.
 
Location. 35° 11.82′ N, 111° 38.885′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is at the intersection of Route 66 and South San Francisco Street, on the right when traveling east on Route 66. Click for map. Marker is on southeast corner,. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donahue Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Aubineau / Andreatos Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Spots (within shouting distance of this marker); Coconino Chop House
"The Gandy Dancer" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. "The Gandy Dancer" Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ricket & Brooks Bldg. (about 300 feet away); Railroad Depot (about 400 feet away); Transcontinental Railroad Centennial (about 400 feet away); Aubineau Building (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
Also see . . .  YouTube Posting - Details of the Gandy Dancers. An example of Gandy Dancing telling the story of African-American Gandy Dancers from the South. (Submitted on July 20, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
"The Gandy Dancer" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. "The Gandy Dancer" Marker
"The Gandy Dancer" Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
4. "The Gandy Dancer"
"The Gandy Dancer" Photo, Click for full size
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
5. "The Gandy Dancer"
Freight Depot 1883-89 Photo, Click for full size
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
6. Freight Depot 1883-89
Built around 1883-89 as the original train depot, became the freight depot after a new station was built just down the road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,638 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   6. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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