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The History of the Transcontinental Railroad

By | April 1, 2019

150 facts you should know.

Back in 1869, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad worked tirelessly under brutal conditions to drive the last spike, The Golden Spike, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, to complete the Transcontinental Railroad. Products could now be manufactured in the east and delivered to the west in under two weeks, benefiting the United States economy, transportation, trade, and much more. Join us in celebrating the event that changed America with 150 fun facts.

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7 thoughts on “The History of the Transcontinental Railroad

  1. Great read! Obviously a great deal research went into this subject. Congratulations are in order for a job “well done”. Keep up the good work.

  2. 151. The rail-to-rail connection of Atlantic to Pacific happened in 1870 at Comanche Crossing on the Kansas Pacific just east of Denver, Colorado. Omaha was a dead end for years until UP could bridge the Missouri River.

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  5. Excellent – I’ve read the first couple of pages and will be reading the rest later today. I did find a very small error – in #11, there should be a “c” preceding “interacting”. This could easily be fixed in the original and redone as a pdf.

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