Pacific Rail Construction

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Introduction

Infrastructure has long stood a measure of human progress and capability throughout the ages as many consider it a cornerstone for economic development. As a nation, the United States contains one of the most sophisticated and vast networks of roads since economic prosperity, especially following World War II, provided the capability to invest in infrastructural networks. However, as time has passed and populations have soared virtually everywhere, infrastructural development has been outpaced and remains more or less the same as it was decades ago. This case is especially true in the state of California, a state that alone makes up an economy that is the 9th largest in the world. Moreover, much of the states financial success
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In just a few short years the population of the state spiked to a quarter million, thus creating the need for infrastructure to support economic developments such as the agriculture industry (csrmf). High Public demand followed in the early period of California statehood that called for the construction of railroads. In just a decade The Pacific Railroad connected California to the rest of the U.S. with its completion at Promontory point in Utah (csrmf). Meanwhile, there was still a need to connect northern and southern California by passenger rail. One of the rail companies to first do so was The Southern Pacific Railroad Company, which constructed rail that connected San Francisco to Los Angeles and San Diego. In it’s early history, California heavily utilized new rail technologies that defined American transportation of the …show more content…
Beginning just after The Civil War, San Francisco began developing a cable car system the owes its beginnings to the adaptation of industrial mining technology to create wire cables by Andrew Hallidie. Similar privately owned cable car systems sprung up in Los Angeles, each connecting different parts of the city in all directions. The largest and most used of these rail lines in Los Angeles would come to be known as the Los Angeles Cable Railway, a railway that linked East Los Angeles to Downtown Los Angeles. Soon to follow the cable car was the electrified streetcar in the early 20th century, this was also a period of consolidation of railway systems in the three cities. In San Francisco, the streetcar was more suited to climb the steep hills that define the landscape; this system would come to be known as The San Francisco “Muni”. In Los Angeles, the two major rail companies came to be known as the “Red Cars” and the “Yellow Cars”. In San Diego John D. Speckles connected undeveloped areas in the San Diego via the San Diego Electric Railway

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