Transcontinental Railroad

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Transcontinental Railroad

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

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