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Chapter 19 Politics and Progress. Intro to M odern Era in the U.S. 1880/1890’s was a time of rapid growth and expansion 1888: Capitol building completed in Austin Lawlessness still a problem in TX Texas Rangers used heavily “Wild West”: people move west

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intro to m odern era in the u s
Intro to Modern Era in the U.S.
  • 1880/1890’s was a time of rapid growth and expansion
  • 1888: Capitol building completed in Austin
  • Lawlessness still a problem in TX
  • Texas Rangers used heavily
  • “Wild West”: people move west
  • Entering an era of “progress…”-

“Progressive Era” …

Austin

railroads and new emerging technology
Railroads and New Emerging Technology
  • Before 1900 most families traveled by wagon/ horse & “buggy”
  • Took 1 day to travel 20 miles/might only go to town 1-2 times a year
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston became Rail Centers
  • By 1884 most major cities had telephones
  • Streetcars/Trolleyappeared in cities
  • Agricultureboomed …
  • Industry Thrived …
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Promontory Point – Utah 1869Two Key Rail Lines Meet to Service & Connect the West Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads meet
the famous rail company lines that met in utah outside of slc
The Famous Rail Company Lines that Met in Utah (Outside of SLC)

Central Pacific RR

Union Pacific RR

Irish Immigrants from

the East Coast

Chinese Immigrants

from California

the american railroad is expanding west
The American Railroad is Expanding West!!!! 

Eventually the

U.S. Rail Lines

will Look

like This

Out West

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Many communities paid railroads companies to build lines through their towns- Why do you think they did this?