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

"The Gandy Dancer"

 
 
"The Gandy Dancer" Marker image. 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
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. Marker is on southeast corner,. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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
"The Gandy Dancer" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. "The Gandy Dancer" Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Two Spots (within shouting distance of this marker); Coconino Chop House (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). Touch for a list and map 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.) 
 
"The Gandy Dancer" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. "The Gandy Dancer" Marker
"The Gandy Dancer" image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
4. "The Gandy Dancer"
"The Gandy Dancer" image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, June 20, 2011
5. "The Gandy Dancer"
Freight Depot 1883-89 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 16, 2012
6. Freight Depot 1883-89
Built around 1883-89 as the original train depot, it became the freight depot after a new station was built just down the road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,969 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Dewey, Arizona.   6. submitted on September 15, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 28, 2020