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

Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins

 
 
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 2005.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Rock Street, Pittston PA 18640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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walking distance of this marker. Pittston Fort (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Pittston Fort (approx. half a mile away); The Greater Pittston Coal Miner (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sam Miceli Veterans' Memorial Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. John the Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1st Lieutenant Jeffrey Frank DePrimo (approx. ¾ mile away); Our Hometown Heroes (approx. ¾ mile away); Corporal Dale Justin Kridlo (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittston.
 
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tiffany Crispell, February 18, 2013
2. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tiffany Crispell, February 18, 2013
4. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tiffany Crispell, February 18, 2013
5. Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins Marker
This is the location where the accident happened.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2011. This page has been viewed 1,927 times since then and 201 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 9, 2011.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 20, 2013, by Tiffany Crispell of Pittston, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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