The Transcontinental Railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad was built by the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroad companies. Union Pacific layed track starting from Nebraska building westward, and Central Pacifc built from California eastward. The two tracks met at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869. A golden spike was driven where the two tracks met, signifying the completion of a great feat for the nation. The actual building of the railroad provided numerous jobs for workers, especially immigrants. However, these jobs were just temporary and left workers without jobs after it was completed. The Transcontinental Railroad opened up transportation, trade, and commerce. Linking the East and West coasts, the railroad provided easier transportation throughout the nation. Goods could be transported faster and more efficiently, allowing commerce to grow on a national scale. The railroad opened up the West for further expansion also. For more information.


Union Pacific and Central Pacific rails meet.
Union Pacific and Central Pacific rails meet.