Use Trains!

Just use them!


- Rail travel dates back to ancient Greece, with small human, or animal powered carts that had to be pulled, or pushed to move.

- The earliest locomotive dates back to 1804, twenty years after it was designed and patented, this used high pressure steam to power the train's engine, this train was able to carry over 25 tonnes of iron material, and 70 people over 10 miles.

- The first commercially used train was introduced in 1814, and since then a major part of our economy and transportation has relied on railroads

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- Large numbers of people can be transported quickly

- Large amounts of goods can be transported more easily compared to a barge, or stagecoach

- railroads provide more jobs for people compared to a Red River Cart, or a stagecoach

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- Trains are very dirty, soot, and ash could be visibly seen on many passenger's clothing

- Trains can also be dangerous, rear end, and head on collisions could be fatal to every passenger on the train, and falling off a train was rare, but would kill anyone if the train was moving fast enough


- John Curr, Benjamin Outram, and William Jessop separately developed, and improved railways.

- Richard Trevithick invented the first full-scale train.

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Impact to North Dakota

- North Dakota wasn't affected by the invention of the train much, until 1864, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Northern Pacific Railroad Grant.

- This was one of the largest land deals in American history.

- This deal allowed an intercontinental railroad to be built from lake superior, to the Pacific ocean.

Importance to North Dakota

- After the completion of the railroad, the economy, and unemployment rate improved in ND.

- Many towns along the railroad, including Fargo, Bismarck, Dickinson, Grandforks, Devils lake, Minot, and Williston greatly benefited from the railroads, and trains.

- These towns greatly increased in population from people on the railroad.

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