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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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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
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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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