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  • 1. Chapter 19 Section 2
  • 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
  • 3. Boomtowns
    • Miners arrive and build a tent city
    • Merchants arrive to supply miners
    • Wood frame structures replace tent
    • Boomtown
  • 4.
    • Gold or silver production falls
    • Miners move on
    • Stores close and merchants leave
    • Town is abandoned
    • Ghost Town
  • 5. Problems caused by mining
    • Polluted streams
    • Forests cut down
    • Native Americans forced from land
    • No organized law enforcement
  • 6. 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
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    • 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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