Ryan Collins is the pen name of Michael Collins, a writing teacher at Northern Arizona University. Collins has collected a wide array of tales regarding the public works of the late nineteenth century. Fusing his travels throughout the western United States, training as a teacher and experience as a journalist, Collins weaves a collection of stories into an entertaining narrative. Collins has advanced degrees in Education and Public Administration. He makes his home in Arizona.
John McGlinchey, a young Irish transplant from County Donegal finds little opportunity in South Philadelphia during Reconstruction era America. Determined to find work he joins hundreds of his countrymen in one of the greatest engineering quests of the time, building the Trans-Continental Railroad.