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Transcript of Transcontinental Railroad
The Transcontinental Railroad's construction was a significant part of the late 1800's. Not only did it serve a great purpose, it also touched the lives of many poeple. Some longed for it, some built it, and some did not agree with the idea.
Tunnels and Records
By Selena Ginnetti, Britni Smith, and Harley Rilling
Getting an Idea
In the 1830's, the first trains began to run through America in the East Coast. When railways started to branch out to other parts of the counrty in the 1940's, the idea of building a railroad across the nation was present.
The Transcontinental Railroad
On the West Coast, many workers included Civil war Veterans, Irish immigrants, and Chinese immigrants.
Chinese immigrants experienced great difficulty as workers on the railroad. They were treated unfairly, only being paid a dollar a day, and working 12 hour shifts 6 days a week.
Weather conditions were expecially rough in the mountains during the winter. A lot of times the only way to travel was to go through the mountains by blasting a tunnel.
The Golden Spike
The transcontinetal railroad had tunnels along it and the route was critical for the railroad to be able to function. These structures were built by construction crews as they workerd the track layers. The railroads have crossed rivers, canyons, through mountains, and even over dry gullies. Gullies would wash with water during rain and spring snowmelt.
The Transcontinental Railroad was not beneficial to everyone. The Native Americans who were already living on the land were driven from their homes. They were forced off the land and onto reservations. Also, thier beloved buffalo were being hunted to near extinction by the white men who arrived.
Effects on Society
The Golden Spike was a memorable railway spike made to celebrate the completion of construction on the first railroad to stretch all the way across the United States. In a heavily promoted ceremony in 1869, the Golden Spike was celebrated by it being driven into the last railroad tie of the Transcontinental Railroad, officially joining the two halves of track. .
On May 10,1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completd. It marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. Also, it marked the end of the era of wagon travels across the Great Plains and boat travels that go around South America. Those two routes were the only way to get to the West Coast. It took a long time and it was very dangerous. With the Transcontinental Railroads, one could complete a five month trip in less than a week. One could aviod the hardships that came with wagon and boat travels.
The First Transcontinental Railroad
On May 10, 1869 the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United States was completed. A golden spike was driven in Utah, symbolizing the event that changed America forever. The dream of a transcontinental railroad had long been present, and it was finally completed on this day. The railroad allowed people to travel from coast to coast, in search of new opportunities and a way to start over.
Building the Transcontinental Railroad
Building the Transcontinental Railroad
Cultural Impact of Building the Transcontinental Railroad
Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
The Impact Of The Transcontinental Railroad
The Pacific Railway
The First Transcontinental Railroad is Completed
What was the Golden Spike?
Completing the Transcontinental Railroad, 1869
On the East Coast, over 1,000 workers were hired, including Civil War veterans, former slaves, immigrants from Ireland and Germany, and cowboys from the southwest.