A lifelong journey working on the American railroad.

Barnie Botone

Barnie Botone was 22 years old when he got his very first job on the railroad. Nearly a hundred years prior, his great-great grandfather Guipago, a chief of the Kiowa Tribe of the Great Plains, was imprisoned by the U.S. Army and taken away by train during westward expansion. Botone looks back on the beauty and the tragedies on the American railroads, and the strength he needed to return day after day.

Presented as part of the all-new StoryCorps animation season “This Land,” stories to transport you across America.

Listen to Barnie’s original StoryCorps interview.

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