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Chp 19 2


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Chp 19 2

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