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    • Chapter 19 Section 2
    • Mining in the West
      • Mining leads to settlement in the West
      • 1859 – Nevada
      • Comstock Lode
      • gold and silver
      • $300 million in silver and gold
      • Black Hills – 1874
      • gold
      • Alaska – 1896
      • gold
    • Boomtowns
      • Miners arrive and build a tent city
      • Merchants arrive to supply miners
      • Wood frame structures replace tent
      • Boomtown
      • Gold or silver production falls
      • Miners move on
      • Stores close and merchants leave
      • Town is abandoned
      • Ghost Town
    • Problems caused by mining
      • Polluted streams
      • Forests cut down
      • Native Americans forced from land
      • No organized law enforcement
    • Transcontinental Railroad
      • Before Civil War
      • 30,000 miles of track was laid in the United States
      • short, unconnected lines
      • majority was east of the Mississippi River
      • no standard track width
      • In 1862, Congress passed the Pacific Railway Act
      • Allowed the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroad to have the money and the land to build the first Transcontinental Railroad.
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