The Beginning of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Concept of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Reason Progress in the West was Much Slower Than Progress in the East, How Western Miners Cut Through Granite, the Unification of the Western and Eastern Transcontinental Railroad, and the Economic Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad

The transcontinental railroad which united both coasts of the United States was initiated in 1863. The idea was for both coasts to meet in the middle. Progress in the east was fairly rapid due to wide open prairie, but progress in the west was very slow because of the Sierra mountains which forced the builders to cut a path through the mountain which was primarily granite, an incredibly hard rock, by hand using sledgehammers and dynamite. Eventually, the two halves met in Utah on May 10, 1869. T...

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