Central pacific railroad

Discover the fascinating story of the Central Pacific Railroad and its impact on the development of the American West. Learn about the challenges, triumphs, and lasting legacy of this iconic transportation project.
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The construction of the Union Pacific in 1868 gave rise to the towns, geography of settlement and the economy of new Wyoming Territory in 1869. Obstacles to construction were both physical and financial, and the railroad overcame them with sometimes slapdash results—hastily laid track and rickety bridges, watered stock and Congressional corruption. But the Union Pacific contributed enormously to Wyoming’s growth and development, made its modern economy possible and continues today as an…

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Southern Pacific Railroad advertisement from 1885. The company was founded in 1865 as a land holding company and became a railroad when it acquired the Central Pacific in 1885. The Central Pacific had employed as many as 12,000 emigrant Chinese laborers to build the railroad line from California to Utah where the "golden spike" was laid in 1869 to form the first transcontinental railroad. Utah was the connecting place with the Union Pacific railroad which had been built west from Council Bluffs. Los Angeles, Train Signs, Central Pacific Railroad, Transcontinental Railroad, Golden Spike, Train Posters, Railroad Companies, Southern Pacific, Warm Springs

Southern Pacific Railroad advertisement from 1885. The company was founded in 1865 as a land holding company and became a railroad when it acquired the Central Pacific in 1885. The Central Pacific had employed as many as 12,000 emigrant Chinese laborers to build the railroad line from California to Utah where the "golden spike" was laid in 1869 to form the first transcontinental railroad. Utah was the connecting place with the Union Pacific railroad which had been built west from Council…

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Track work takes place in Nevada as Central Pacific forces build the western link of the first transcontinental railroad, now a part of the Southern Pacific system, on May 10, 1868. Rail layers shown in the foreground were followed by groups of Chinese laborers who spaced and spiked the rail to the ties. Photo: Anonymous, AP Amigurumi Patterns, Gandy Dancer, Central Pacific Railroad, Transcontinental Railroad, Golden Spike, Railroad Companies, Hell On Wheels, Railroad History, Nevada Mountains

Track work takes place in Nevada as Central Pacific forces build the western link of the first transcontinental railroad, now a part of the Southern Pacific system, on May 10, 1868. Rail layers shown in the foreground were followed by groups of Chinese laborers who spaced and spiked the rail to the ties. Photo: Anonymous, AP

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