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Near Pittston in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins

 
 
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August 8, 2011
1. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
Inscription. In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1938 that, in cases between citizens of different states, federal courts must apply state common law, not federal "general common law." Under Pennsylvania common law, Harry Tompkins of Hughestown lost his case against the Erie Railroad, a New York State company. Tompkins had been struck by an unsecured door of a passing train and severely injured near this spot on July 27, 1934.
 
Erected 1997 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 19.724′ N, 75° 46.643′ W. Marker is near Pittston, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is at the intersection of Rock Street and Division Street, on the left when traveling west on Rock Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Rock Street, Pittston PA 18640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pittston Fort (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Pittston Fort (approx. half a mile away); Jenkins Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Jenkins' Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); Workers in Greater Pittston's Garment Industry
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By Tiffany Crispell, February 18, 2013
2. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Twin Shaft Disaster (approx. one mile away); Knox Mine Disaster (approx. 1.9 miles away); Battle of Wyoming (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pittston.
 
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By Tiffany Crispell, February 18, 2013
3. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
Since the tracks are no longer functioning, only a few rails are still in place from the incident.
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By Tiffany Crispell, February 18, 2013
4. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
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By Tiffany Crispell, February 18, 2013
5. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
This is the location where the accident happened.
 
 
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