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Duffy's Cut

In 1832, 57 emigrants from Donegal, Tyrone and Derry set sail for a new life in America. They found work on the railroads, but within weeks they were all dead, struck down by cholera - or possibly even murdered by locals who believed the immigrants had brought the disease with them.Duffy's Cut Sign

The men were buried where they had died, in a mass unmarked grave along Duffy's Cut, the section of the Philadelphia and Columbia railroad they helped to build. The grave was unmarked and soon forgotten, except for a few historians who kept the knowledge alive. The woodsy site where the bones were found is named after Philip Duffy, who hired the immigrants from to help build the railroad. Now, the grave site has been found.

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