Industrialization 1865-1900. Chapter 25: Industry Comes of Age Railroads P. 536-545. DVDs. Modern Marvels Railroads That Tamed the West The Presidents Disc 2 Garfield to Harrison. Forgettable Presidents 1881-1897. James A. Garfield (R)1881 Chester A. Arthur (R) 1881-1885
Chapter 25: Industry Comes of Age
“Wedding of the rails”
May 10, 1869
Promoting Union Pacific Railroad 1869
Union Pacific Railroad
Central Pacific Railroad
Grand Central Depot 1894
Remodeled between 1898 and 1900
Grand Central Station
New York City
inconvenience of changes from
one line to another
Time Zones 1883
In the Pacific Northwest and east of the 28-inch-rainfall line, farmers could grow a greater variety of crops. Territory west of the line was either too mountainous or too arid to support agriculture without irrigation. The grasslands that once fed buffalo herds now could feed beef cattle.
The amount of improved farmland more than doubled during these forty years. This map shows how agricultural expansion came in two ways--first, western lands were brought under cultivation; second, in other areas, especially the Midwest, land was cultivated much more intensely than before.
The western mining and ranching bonanzas lured thousands of Americans hoping to get rich quick.
Thomas Edison, the most prolific inventor of the post-Civil War era, and his invention "factories" patented hundreds of creations, including the
He had enormous appeal for Americans, not only because he gave them incredible new devices, but because he proved that the power of individual genius still had significance in the age of the corporation.
This photograph from 1893 shows Thomas A. Edison in his laboratory, the world's leading research facility when it opened in 1876. By creating research teams, the Edison laboratories could pursue several projects at once. They developed a dazzling stream of new products, most based on electrical power.
Thomas Alva Edison