Just use them!
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Richard Trevithick invented the first full-scale train.
Impact to North Dakota
- 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
- 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.