The Transcontinental Railroad
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The Transcontinental Railroad America at Its Best? (Both Sides) by Robert Young

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Published by Dillon Pr .
Written in English


  • Railroads,
  • History - United States/19th Century,
  • Children"s 9-12 - History - General,
  • Children: Grades 4-6,
  • Transportation - Railroads & Trains,
  • History,
  • Juvenile literature,
  • Pacific railroads

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages80
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8087749M
ISBN 100875186114
ISBN 109780875186115

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The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the "Pacific Railroad" and later as the "Overland Route") was a 1,mile (3, km) continuous railroad line constructed between and that connected the existing eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa with the Pacific coast at the Oakland Long Wharf on San Francisco Bay. Owner: U.S. Government. In the Union Pacific RR began construction from Omaha, Nebr., while the Central Pacific broke ground at Sacramento, Calif. The two lines met at Promontory Summit, Utah, and on , a golden spike joined the two railways, thus completing the first transcontinental railroad. Others followed. This is an actual book, not the "Kindle Edition," which is the only version that shows up in Goodreads. It provides some good information on the building of the transcontinental railroad. For that it is worth reading. However, the book appears to have been cobbled together as fast as the "editors" could do so/5. Primary Source Transcontinental Railroad: Mark Twain on the Railroad. Mark Twain chronicled his experiences living and working out West in his book Roughing It, published in Article.

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As the book, "Railroads In The Days Of Steam," notes the government was paying upwards of $96, for every new mile the Transcontinental Railroad constructed, which included a foot-wide right-of-way. Obviously, not only did more mileage mean more territory but also greater revenue. Celebrity status aside, the relative sales of the two books were undoubtedly influenced by the fact that "Empire Express" is twice the length of the Ambrose book. pages on the transcontinental railroad is well past most people's attention span. After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth century's most transformative event. Beginning in with a visionary's dream to span the continent with twin bands of iron, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national/5. The transcontinental railroad was also called the Pacific Railroad and the Overland Route. The total length of the First Transcontinental Railroad was 1, miles. The Central Pacific Railroad was controlled by four men called the "Big Four". They were Leland Stanford, Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker.