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On our field trip to Old Sacramento, our teacher told us the story of why ladies had a separate waiting rooms at train stations. In the days of the Gold Rush, ladies had separate waiting rooms at train stations because miners were gross, disgusting, dirty, spit tobacco, smelled bad, and used bad language in the presence of women and their children.
Ladies did not like sharing a waiting room because the miners spit chewing tobacco and the ladies did not think this was very appropriate. Sometimes miners even got chewing tobacco on the lady's fancy dresses! The women were more ladylike and hated getting dirty in the presence of the public. But for the miners, this behavior was very normal and common.
Some of the ladies had children with them. The miners did not use appropriate language, even in the presence of young children. To prevent kids from learning such an inappropriate language, ladies and children had a separate waiting room at train stations.
There were many issues of why ladies had a separate waiting room from other miners, but I’m only going to list three of them. But when the people actually got on the train they all rode together. You could also say that the ladies and miners were segregated.
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