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The First Transcontinental Railroad

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Negative Impacts of the Transcontinental Road
The End!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad
Positive Impacts of the Transcontinental Road
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-antebellum/5425
The First Transcontinental Railroad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_the_Tank_Engine
http://www.answers.com/topic/transcontinental-railroad
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http://humansarefree.com/2011/06/ten-commandments-of-native-american.html
http://asianamerican1.blogspot.com/2010/11/chinese-immigrants-and-transcontinental.html
beersofthedayna.blogspot.com/2012/07/sierra-nevada-southern-hemisphere.html
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Inventors
http://www.nndb.com/people/531/000050381/
http://www.london-grs.com/Watt/Watt.htm
http://www.london-grs.com/Watt/Watt.htm
http://www.london-grs.com/Watt/Watt.htm
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_tom_thumb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cooper


"The rage for railroads is so great that many will be laid in parts where they will not pay." - George Stephenson
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_stephenson.html
James Watt was the creator of the steam powered engine
Steam powered engine mainly used for mills later used for steam locomotives
By Alexander Wehr
George Stephenson was the first person to make a railroad system using the steam locomotive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Watt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Watt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stephenson

Peter Cooper was the first person to make a railroad that used steam locomotive in America
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cooper
Contributors to the Transcontinental Road
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/stanford.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Crocker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Crocker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Crocker
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/biography/tcrr-ames/
"The road must be built, and you are the man to do it. Take hold of it yourself. By building the Union Pacific, you will be the remembered man of your generation."

- President Abraham Lincoln to Oakes Ames, 1865
http://www.shmoop.com/transcontinental-railroad/quotes.html
"They built the Great Wall of China, didn't they?"

- Charles Crocker's famous justification for bringing Chinese workers to the Central Pacific, 1865
http://www.shmoop.com/transcontinental-railroad/quotes.html
Crocker, Stanford, Huntington and Hopkins were considered the big four founders of the Central Pacific Railroad
Oakes Ames was told by President Lincoln to makes the transcontinental road, he was considered the greatest influence to the construction of the Union Pacific Road
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakes_Ames
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Four_(Central_Pacific_Railroad)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad
Race to Utah!
http://blog.usa.gov/post/22789973221/image-description-this-photo-shows-the-joining-of
http://www.hikemasters.com/2010/10/scenic-overlook-loop-tallgrass-prairie.html
http://www.hikemasters.com/2010/10/scenic-overlook-loop-tallgrass-prairie.html
Transcontinental Workers
http://www.turkishnews.com/en/content/2012/07/29/turkey-and-the-indians-the-washington-post/
"The more we can kill this year the less will have to be killed the next year, for the more I see of these Indians the more convinced I am that they all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers." - Gen. William T. Sherman on the Plains Indians
Met in Promontory Summit, Utah
Completed on May 10, 1869
The completed track was 1,907 miles long
Union Pacific railroad started in Council Bluffs Iowa
Workers were overworked so they could get to Utah quicker
Central Pacific Railroad started in the San Francisco Bay area
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http://tinyurl.com/25j46a

http://goldsea.com/AAD/Milestones/milestones.html


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tcrr-strike/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tcrr-strike/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tcrr-strike/
“Without them it would be impossible to go on with the work. I can assure you the Chinese are moving the earth and rock rapidly. They prove nearly equal to white men in the amount of labor they perform, and are far more reliable.”
http://tinyurl.com/yrshu6
http://tinyurl.com/yrshu6
Workers were mostly Chinese immigrants but there were some Irish/ other European Immigrants
Chinese workers came to escape war, poverty, and overpopulation in China they also wanted to become rich by mining gold
“Can you get me a good boy? He wants $8 a month? He ought to be satisfied with $6.... Come at 7 every morning. Go home at 8 every night. Light the fire. Sweep the rooms. Wash the clothes. Wash the windows. Sweep the stairs. Trim the lamps. I want to cut his wages.”
http://www.goldwiser.com/
http://mygoldrushtales.com/chinese-in-the-gold-rush/
Workers got 28-45 dollars per month
Thousands of people died in the making of the road (Easily replaceable)
It would take them 5 months to pay for a trip on the railroad that they built
The worked for 8-15 hours a day
http://tinyurl.com/78yaenr

http://tinyurl.com/78yaenr

http://tinyurl.com/78yaenr

http://tinyurl.com/78yaenr

http://tinyurl.com/78yaenr

http://tinyurl.com/78yaenr

http://rapgenius.com/J-cole-mo-money-interlude-lyrics#note-1848817
http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/americanhistory/elementary/si_09/price_t/followwagonswest.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco
Population was 200 in 1846
Population was 56,802 in 1860
Population 149,473 in 1870
Thousands of people died traveling to the West
A ticket for the transcontinental train ticket was $150 and took 5-6 days
Traveling by land cost about $1,000-2,000 and took 5-6 months
Created jobs for many poor immigrants
http://www.midsummersbignight.co.uk/i_News.html
http://www.cordellmandersen.com/2012/04/backpacking-2012-part-1-schedule-and.html
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(http://www.archives.gov).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Wars
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tcrr-strike/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tcrr-strike/
http://goldsea.com/AAD/Milestones/milestones.html
Many peace treaties with the Native Americans were broken
Many of the Native Americans were killed
"The more we can kill this year the less will have to be killed the next year, for the more I see of these Indians the more convinced I am that they all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers." - Gen. William T. Sherman on the Plains Indians
Many workers were killed by mining accidents, Native Americans (destroyed their land), starvation, blizzards/heat strokes
http://tinyurl.com/kgt9mjh
http://tinyurl.com/cdob235
http://tinyurl.com/cdob235
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