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    and article of first necessity. The necessity of reconstruction in the country increased the urgency to expand the economy and seek solutions internally. As a consequence of all these circumstances, over the years 1865 to 1920, the country went through a process…

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    The first railroad invented that traveled across the country was called the transcontinental railroad. It consisted of 1,907 miles of iron rails, stretching from the Mississippi River all the way to San Francisco by the Pacific Ocean. The railroads provided a way to transport goods quicker and cheaper. It gave states and western settlements more money to buy other things such as coal, or livestock. Those first railroads also opened up jobs for the unemployed living in the western plains. Before…

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    Railroad development was paramount in shaping westward expansion and urban growth from 1860 to 1890. Conversely, rapid growth of cities in eastern America eventually led to overproduction of railways based on privatized industry and government subsidies. This symbiotic relationship fueled industrialization and rapid economic recovery for a country so desperately in need. In 1860 railroads hardly expanded further west than St. Louis. Many Americans believed the west to be comprised of nothing…

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    The building of the first transcontinental railroad by the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad companies was a monumental feat. Plans for the first railroad had begun well before the Civil War. In fact, the Central Pacific started building east from Sacramento, California, in 1863. But the Civil War delayed progress until 1865. Then the Union Pacific started out from Omaha, Nebraska, and the two companies worked towards each other to cover almost 2000 miles. (Gilded age) And in 1869 the…

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    the Transcontinental Railroad did just that. The railroad was one of the most impressive engineering projects in the United States. It generated a huge economic and social boost, in addition to creating an effective means of transportation, which assisted in the development of the United States. Although the Transcontinental Railroad helped to develop new opportunities for the American people, it had some negative effects as well. The railroad left a large impact on America, while at the same…

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    The transcontinental railroad ran through the continent like a steel horse. The railroad was a massive event that happened in American history, and encounter and exchange occurred in this situation. For Chinese immigrants and Native Americans the transcontinental railroad was a series of tragic encounters. However, the transcontinental railroad allowed goods and services to be exchanged across the United States allowing great expansion. U.S. commitment to Manifest Destiny led to construction of…

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    westward expansion of the 1860’s and 1890’s geographical maps show that railroad connections played a huge role in growth. During the early 1860’s when railroad connections also known as the “Transcontinental Railroad” were in the beginning stages, states did not develop at a high rate of speed. Amplifying the railroad connections bolster the reach of products fashioned agriculturally both for the production and sale. Increasing railroad connections west of the Mississippi River also…

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    President Abraham Lincoln once said, “A railroad to the Pacific Ocean is imperatively demanded in the interests of the whole country,” (Sandler 13). Change is a necessity of life, but positive change is rare. One of these rare instances was the event that connected the coasts of the United States. The Transcontinental Railroad not only connected America, but changed America. This massive railway revolutionized America by making American life faster paced than ever before. Before any…

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    The Transcontinental Railroad, first built in 1829, had a seemingly simple purpose. It provided jobs for over 200,000 people and allowed easy access to expansion westward. Looking at the construction of the railroad through the lense of ‘Manifest Destiny’, the Transcontinental Railroad was a great enterprise into maximizing profits. The negatives of the railroad however, outweigh the supposedly beneficial factors. The Transcontinental Railroad is detrimental to the American society and causes…

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    Transportation in and around America has been ruined for years and with luck transportation planners will change the face of American transportation. In the 1860s the United States government approved the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, which became the first mass transit system in America and revolutionized the way Americans lived, transporting people, livestock as well as other cargo across America. Transportation is important to our society, how it changes the way we travel,…

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