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John Henry and the Steam Drill

John Henry was a steel-driving man. He worked on the C & O railroad.

He spent his day driving steel spikes into the new train tracks. He was the strongest man on the crew and his name was known across the country.

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One day, John Henry’s crew was building a new track near Big Bend Mountain. As they worked a salesman arrived. He wanted the boss to buy his new machine, the steam drill.

“My steam drill can do the work of twelve men in one day!” the salesman said.

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John Henry knew that if the boss bought the steam drill, all the men in the crew would lose their jobs. He spoke up.

“I am the best steel-driver in the country,” John Henry said. “I can beat that machine any day.”

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FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 580
Word Count 422
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