Building the first transcontinental railroad close exhibition show menu introduction history introduction hell on wheels and the big four human impact changing the landscape a nation divided a nation transformed introduction view item information a map of the union pacific railroad route and its connections. The chinese railroad workers of north america project at stanford university (crrw) and the chinese historical society of america museum (chsa) co-presented a luncheon and afternoon program celebrating the lives of the chinese railroad workers who were essential in building the united states’ first transcontinental railroad. Join us for this event about the key roles and treatment of chinese and irish workers in creating the first transcontinental railroad in the united states irish and chinese workers were central to the completion of america’s first transcontinental railroad a momentous development in us and world history, this infrastructure project was a. Name: _____ the first transcontinental railroad | primary source documents document 1: excerpt from ^east and west: completion of the great line spanning the continent _ (pdf), the new york times, may 11, 1869 congratulatory dispatch. Transcontinental railroads (there are several) are important for the united states because of the reliable transportation they offer in 1869, when the first transcontinental railroad was completed, california was somewhat isolated it was a state.
Three railroads, the texas and new orleans railroad company during the 1880s the first railroad systems were developed as a number of the independently owned texas companies were bought by outside interests that controlled railroads in other states the southern pacific acquired an interest in the galveston, harrisburg and san antonio. Building the first transcontinental railroad: the overlooked financial & cultural history (2000. B&o railroad museum home page the b & o railroad museum is known as the birthplace of american railroading the b&o railroad was the first chartered rail common carrier in american history, dating back to 1827.
The union pacific railroad, stretching from chicago, illinois, to promontory point, utah, was built one track at a time until eventually it covered nearly 1500 miles in the following excerpt from chapter 3 of his book, samuel bowles, who had traveled on the union pacific railroad, describes the. Among the many positive effects of the transcontinental railroad are the following improvements: faster and safer transportation from coast to coast, boosts in international and intercontinental trade, faster spreading of ideas and expansion of the united states into areas not previously settled. Union pacific history and photos - informative website dedicated to the history through words and pictures of the other company that built the first transcontinental railway historical society - organization that was formed to document and recognize the achievements of the company that worked on the eastern portion of the.
The history of the first locomotives in america from original documents and the testimony of living witnesses by william h brown (1871. History of the first transcontinental railroad when the opposite sides of a continent are connected through a railway network, it is known as a transcontinental railroad this idea first came up in north america in the sixth decade of the nineteenth century read on to find out more about this historic project what seemed impossible or. Transcontinental railroad summary & analysis back next building change when the first transcontinental railroad was completed in the spring of 1869, it was celebrated as a marvel of engineering and an invaluable. 1 in 1862, the pacific railroad act chartered the central pacific and the union pacific railroad companies, and tasked them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the united states from east to west.
Abraham lincoln saw military benefits in a transcontinental railroad line, as well as the bonding of the pacific coast to the union the united states army was quick to see the potential that railroad transportation offered, especially in the western territories prior to the building of a railroad. Central pacific railroad construction in the 1860's stereoviews, engravings, maps, and documents are treasures of western americana that illustrate the history of the first transcontinental railroad, built from sacramento, california over the sierra nevada mountains, the to end of track at the golden spike ceremony at promontory, utah. In 1862, the pacific railroad act chartered the central pacific and the union pacific railroad companies, and tasked them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the united states from east to west over the next seven years, the two companies would race toward each other from.
Learn more about the challenges of building the railroad and why it was so important, and then test your knowledge with a quiz impact of the transcontinental railroad there are few things in american history that had the impact of the transcontinental railroad before it was completed, it cost $1,000 to travel between california and. The first transcontinental railroad was the first railroad in the united states to connect the west coast to the already existing rail system in iowa the first transcontinental railroad was a hot topic for many years before construction began. First transcontinental railroad history westward expansion the first transcontinental railroad stretched from the east coast of the united states to the west coast no longer would people travel in long wagon trains that took months to reach california they could now travel faster, safer, and cheaper by train.
The transcontinental railroad was built in the 1800s to connect council bluffs, iowa, with the san francisco bay and revolutionize transport in the us. Transcontinental railroad fact sheet prior to the opening of the transcontinental railroad, it took four to six months to travel 2000 miles from the missouri river to california by wagon january 1863 – central pacific railroad breaks ground on its portion of the railroad at sacramento, california the first rail is laid in october 1863 december 1863 – union pacific railroad.
Worksheets / social studies / us history / first transcontinental railroad facts & worksheets premium download the first transcontinental railroad facts & worksheets click the button below to get instant access to these worksheets for use in the classroom or at a home download this worksheet this download is exclusively. Definition of the transcontinental railroad definition: the world's first transcontinental railroad was built between 1863 and 1869 to join the east of the united states on the atlantic coast with the west of the united states to the pacific coast. Transcontinental railroad timeline key us history events and dates.