Railroads Unite America. The Transcontinental Railroad. Completed in 1869 Connected the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast Reduced travel time from months to days.
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By the 1890s, railroads supplied cities and towns with food, fuel, mail, building materials, and access to markets.
Railroads & mail-order merchants made it possible for people in remote rural areas to enjoy inexpensive consumer goods.
In the West, railroads helped open new territory to economic exploitation
Played a large part in the creation of the first national parks.
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