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Louise Ellison
Date of birth: c. 1830s
Status: Alive
Age: 30s
Occupation: reporter, The New-York Tribune
Relationships: Horace Greeley - editor/boss
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by: Jennifer Ferrin
Seasons: 3
First episode: "Big Bad Wolf"

Louise Ellison is a reporter for the New-York Tribune from New York City, New York.


Background information[]

Louise Ellison, a strong-willed reporter for The New-York Tribune, is dispatched to Hell on Wheels by editor Horace Greeley to cover the building of the transcontinental railroad. Her career came to a halt when it was discovered she had romantic feelings for Ida Greeley, editor's daughter.

Struggling to come to terms with her "excommunication" from New York, she learns that "right" and "wrong" are concepts too simple to apply to the world of Hell on Wheels -- the Sodom and Gomorrah of the Nebraska plains.[1]

Season 3[]

Louise becomes an unwitting pawn in Thomas Durant's plan to drive Cullen Bohannon from the Union Pacific Railroad, writing an article about Bohannon's past and testifying for the board of Crédit Mobilier. She is surprised that Bohannon does not hold this against her. She is even more surprised when he kisses her, though he dismisses it as a drunken act. ("One Less Mule")

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Season 3 appearances
"Big Bad Wolf" "Eminent Domain" "Range War" "The Game" "Searchers"
"One Less Mule" "Cholera" "It Happened in Boston" "Fathers and Sins" "Get Behind the Mule"
Season 4 appearances
"The Elusive Eden" "Escape from the Garden" "Chicken Hill" "Reckoning" "Life's a Mystery"
"Bear Man" "Elam Ferguson (Episode)" "Under Color of Law" "Two Trains" "Return to Hell"
"Bleeding Kansas" "Thirteen Steps" "Further West"