1936 is the year, and 47 million crossties are installed. That number is nearly half what was installed in the previous year, part of the reason some date nails are more rare than others.

How else was 1936 shaping up?

For the first time, The Associated Press (AP) selected a national college football champion giving Minnesota (7-1) the nod over Pittsburg (8-1-1) and LSU (9-1-1).

For the fourth time the World Series would be a subway series – this time between crowning the NY Yankees (4-2) over the NY Giants.

The perennial football powerhouse Green Bay Packers defeated the Boston Redskins – their last year in Boston before moving to Washington, D.C.