The story of building transcontinental railroad

Though he had made the voyage to Panama and across the Isthmus by train many times, he contracted yellow fever during this trip and died on November 2, one week after reaching New York City.

The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

Why Should I Care? Alternatively, a traveler could hazard a six week sea voyage around Cape Horn, or sail to Central America and cross the Isthmus of Panama by rail, risking exposure to any number of deadly diseases in the crossing.

Efforts to survey a new, shorter, "better" route had been under way since In desperation, Crocker tried to hire newly freed African Americans, immigrants from Mexico, and even petitioned Congress to send 5, Confederate Civil War prisoners, but to no avail. Although the Central Pacific had a two-year head start over the Union Pacific, the rough terrain of the Sierra Nevadas limited their construction to only miles by the end of Dodge to build the railroad, and the Union Pacific began a mad dash west.

Bells rang and fire whistles shrieked as people celebrated across the country. Shipping and commerce could thrive away from navigable watercourses for the first time since the beginning of the nation.

On completion, the line was renamed the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Several men decided to back him, including hardware wholesaler Collis P. The first concrete plan for a transcontinental railroad in the United States was presented to Congress by Asa Whitney in From the beginning, then, the building of the transcontinental railroad was set up in terms of a competition between the two companies.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Frustrated at the lack of manpower necessary to support the railroad, Crocker suggested to his work boss, James Strobridgethat they hire Chinese laborers.

Telegraph cables immediately went out to President Grant and around the country with the news that the transcontinental railroad had been completed. Pacific Railway Route Almost immediately, conflicts arose between Judah and his business partners over the construction of the Central Pacific line.

Naturally then, everyone wanted the railroad to run through their backyard. The Chinese laborers proved to be tireless workers, and Crocker hired more of them; some 14, were toiling under brutal working conditions in the Sierra Nevada by early Temporary, " Hell on wheels " towns, made mostly of canvas tents, accompanied the railroad as construction headed west.Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and relates the epic adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway.

The Pacific Railway A Brief History of Building the Transcontinental Railroad Before the advent of the transcontinental railroad, a journey across the continent to the western states meant a dangerous six month trek over rivers, deserts, and mountains.

"The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad" is the fifth episode of This Is America, Charlie Brown.

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It first aired on CBS on February 10, Charlie Brown tells the story of how two companies, namely the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad, constructed the. Jan 12,  · From the beginning, then, the building of the transcontinental railroad was set up in terms of a competition between the two companies.

In the West, the Central Pacific would be dominated by the “Big Four”–Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington and Mark Hopkins. The first concrete plan for a transcontinental railroad in the United States was presented to Congress by Asa Whitney in A series of transcontinental railroads built over the last third of the 19th century created a nationwide transportation network.

THE STORY OF THE FIRST AMERICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD AN EDUCATIONAL TOOLKIT Museum, is a comprehensive guide for telling the story of the first American transcontinental railroad.

In addition to bringing to life this important achievement in American capturing the adventure and excitement of building the transcontinental railroad.

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