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Railroads Transform the Nation. Consider This. We can tell what time it is simply by looking at a clock, watch, or our cell phones, but... How do we know what time it is in San Francisco, California and why is that significant?. Why Build the Railroad?. Encourage western settlements

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Railroads transform the nation

Railroads Transform the Nation


Consider this

Consider This...

  • We can tell what time it is simply by looking at a clock, watch, or our cell phones, but...

  • How do we know what time it is in San Francisco, California and why is that significant?


Why build the railroad

Why Build the Railroad?

  • Encourage western settlements

  • Western economies would benefit

  • Western areas would have a greater hand in government


Railroads transform the nation

Union Pacific

Central Pacific


Building begins

Building Begins

  • Two companies given the job of completing the railroad

    • Central Pacific

    • Union Pacific

  • Both faced issues in paying for the completion of the job


  • Who worked on the rails

    Who worked on the Rails?

    • Most of the laborers were minority groups

      • Irish

      • Chinese

      • Former Slaves

      • Native Americans


    Completion of the rails

    Completion of the Rails

    • Process took around 6 years

    • Finished May 10, 1869

    • Promontory Point, Utah

    • The last spike was gold to commemorate the event

    • The east and west are joined together


    Think about these

    Think about these...

    • How did the Transcontinental Railroad transform the west?

    • What lasting effects are around from the railroad?

    • Why do we have time zones today?


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