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Old November 12th, 2012, 03:41 PM   #11

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As a non-american im not as familiar with the regions over there, but im interested to ask, what kind of mistakes might be made?
Sorry Sturm to take so long to reply. I left the next day for hurricane relief work in Louisiana and just noticed this thread again.

In the opening scene for the show, they are starting in Council Bluffs,IA, which was across the Missouri River from where I grew up. They showed the Missouri as clear and narrow (similar to where I am now since most of the rivers and lakes are rock bottomed) when it is pretty broad and muddy. It's narrower in modern times from channeling but still much wider then shown in the show.

They also show some mountains in the background occasionally that aren't even visible until get close to the Colorado border. It's about 360 miles/579 kms from Omaha to the border.

The random copse of trees shown in the middle of nowhere were also amusing. I forget where I read it but remember something about any tree in Nebraska not along a river or creek was either planted by someone or the descendent of planted trees. The thick prairie sod, frequent prairie fires and infrequent rains limited tree growth away from rivers/streams.

Nothing big, just amusing to see.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #12

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Thanks for answering Fire_Raven. Thats some good observation there, but not surprising since your from the areas this movie depicts.
I remember watching another movie about the construction of the Pacific railroad (yet i can't remember the name of the movie), however there much of the workers were actually chinese immigrants, while on Hell on Wheels, there was not even a single chinese, and the majority of workers seem to be irish immigrants, i don't know if that is accurately presented in the movie.
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Thanks for answering Fire_Raven. Thats some good observation there, but not surprising since your from the areas this movie depicts.
I remember watching another movie about the construction of the Pacific railroad (yet i can't remember the name of the movie), however there much of the workers were actually chinese immigrants, while on Hell on Wheels, there was not even a single chinese, and the majority of workers seem to be irish immigrants, i don't know if that is accurately presented in the movie.
There were two competing railroad companies working towards each other.

The Central Pacific RR started from San Franciso, California working East and hired large numbers of Chinese laborers.
Hell on Wheels is about the Union Pacific RR,started in Omaha/Council Bluffs and worked West which did hire large numbers of Irish laborers and the two lines met at Promontory, Utah
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