First Transcontinental Railroad

The first transcontinental railroad was built in the US in 1860’s. The railway connected the Eastern coast to the fast-growing California. The railroad project was one of the priorities of President Abraham Lincoln. The construction of the railroad took place during his early terms and ended four years after his death. Part of the goal is to connect California to the Union during the American Civil War. It was on the 10th of May 1869 when the main line was officially completed, ready to accommodate a vast number of traveling people, mostly merchandisers and businessmen. The First Transcontinental Railroad is considered a milestone in technology in the 19th century.

Known also as the Pacific Railroad and Overland Route, the railroad stretches a 1907-mile line that was built by three privately-owned companies namely Western Pacific Railroad Company, Central Pacific Railroad Company of California, and Union Pacific Railroad Company. The completion of the First Continental Railroad is a milestone in the country during its time. When it was completed, the people staged celebrations as a way of welcoming the convenience in traveling from one coast to another. Cannons were fired, locomotive whistles were sounded, and church bells were rung as part of the celebration. There were spontaneous parades and motorcades done as well.

The First Intercontinental Railroad marked the soar of the economy of the region. It made the transportation of goods quicker, cheaper, and more convenient from one coast to another. The railroad steadily brought businesses into the Union, and it also broadened the people’s horizon by permitting them to explore places beyond their boundaries. Today, hundreds of miles of the First Intercontinental Railroad are still very much in service, particularly in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Utah, and Wyoming. Despite the abandonment, the original lines in Utah are still very much evident.

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