Over a third of all freight transport happens via the railway system, but our railroads have not always been as expansive as they are today.
Now, we have hundreds of thousands of miles of rail connecting major cities across the country, but this was not the case two hundred years ago. The transcontinental railroad was built in the s to connect Council Bluffs, Iowa, with the San Francisco Bay and revolutionize transport in the U.
Origin of the Transcontinental Railroad The s were a time of westward expansion for the United States.
Americans further and further west with the promise of economic prosperity. InCongress passed the Pacific Railroad Bill and several grants that allowed financial support for the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroad companies.
These two companies then began constructing what would become the transcontinental railroad. Social and Economic Impacts Travel was obviously one of the aspects of U.
For the first time, U. Americans could freely travel from coast to coast. This radically changed both business and pleasure travel. Easier transcontinental business travel allowed direct growth through expanding markets and cheaper distribution, as well as increased possibilities for partnerships and exchange of ideas.
This movement between coasts allowed for business professionals to have a more expansive idea of their industry and allowed improved access to information and skills. A marked production boom occurred as resources had faster transport to industrial settings, thus speeding up the process of making goods.
Despite the benefits it brought to the U. Most starkly, the forced relocation of Native Americans from their lands resulted in widespread destruction of Native American cultures and ways of life. Many conflicts arose as the railroad project continued westward, and the military was brought in to fight Native American tribes.
In addition, many natural resources were destroyed to make way for the expanding train tracks and stations. Current State of the U.
Railroad System Currently, the U.
This system employees at leastpeople throughout the country and is a large part of our transportation industry.
For the most part, freight moves through the U. Our economy depends on our railroad system, but it would not look the way it does today without the construction of the transcontinental railroad.
From the s to today, train transport continues to shape our economic and social lives.Railroads generated private gains along with private losses by changing trade patterns. For example, a farmer in a favorable location near the market might lose income when railroads expanded to the frontier.
Such income losses, however, are more than offset by the . The Economic Gains and Losses of the Transcontinental Railroad of California.
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This workshop explores the impact of the transcontinental railroad on the politics, society, economy, and environment of California and the nation. Daily topics include technology and labor, geography and the environment, the social and economic impact of the railroad, and the West in the American imagination.
"Compromise of " over the issue of slavery in Missouri. It was decided Missouri entered as a slave state and Maine entered as a free state and all states North of the 36th parallel were free states and all South were slave states.
When California was admitted as a state to the United States in , and for nearly two decades thereafter, it was in many ways isolated, an outpost on the Pacific, until the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed in In the late s, it took railroad companies six years to lay 1, miles of track for what was to become the Transcontinental Railroad (or as Barack Obama calls it, the Intercontinental Railroad).