Chapter 5: Industrialization. Section 2: The Railroads SPOTLIGHT VIDEO. The Transcontinental Railroad. Began in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act. Connected the nation East to West. Competition between 2 RR companies: Union Pacific RR Central Pacific RR.
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Section 2: The Railroads
final spike was Golden.
took 4 years to complete.
10 spikes per rail.
increased the markets for many products.
Govt. gave companies land grants.
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