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Transcontinental Railroad

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  • 1. TranscontinentalRailroad
  • 2. The Iron HorseInvented in England in 1804.By 1835 there was more than 1,000 miles oftrack in the US!
  • 3. The Need• Gold Rush• Army• Trade• Settlers“like building a railroad to the moon”
  • 4. Finding aRouteTheodore Juddah went insearch for a possible path.• Spent months camping inthe mountains.• Find a way through SierraNevada Mountains.• Convince Congress.
  • 5. America getson track!• Unite the country• Expand West• 1862, signs the PacificRailroad Act
  • 6. Full Steam Ahead!• Central Pacific Railroad builds east from SacramentoCalifornia• The Union Pacific Railroad build west from Omaha,Nebraska• Meet in Utah
  • 7. Every mile on flat land= $16,000Every mile on plateaus= $32,000Every mile on mountain= $48,00Every mile= 6,400 acres
  • 8. RoughPatches• 1863, Central Pacific• Only 50 miles in 2 years!• 1865, Union Pacific• Cuts through plains
  • 9. Help Wanted20,000
  • 10. ChineseImmigrants• Paid less• Dangerous Jobs
  • 11. 10 Mile Day- The Great Race
  • 12. The Golden SpikePromontory Point, May 10,1869Central Pacific = 689 miles of trackUnion Pacific= 1,086 miles of track
  • 13. The Results

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