By Morgan Payne
What was the railroad?
-The railroad was built in 1863 to 1869 by three companies across the western United States; connecting the pacific coast to the existing eastern u.s. railroad network.
- Its purpose was to connect the eastern and western coast, to be used to ship meat and agriculture products, and to help move settlers
How did the railroad help people in the West?
-Farmers before the railroad had to transport cattle to the market by the cattle drive, but after the railroad they could quickly and easily transport them by train
-They could also transport their crops to the market quicker without worrying about them spoiling or rotting with the invention of refrigerated trian car
-This was also a cheeper way to transpot their goods and be more efficient
The railroad today.
-Today the railroad is different because they made trains bigger, better, and faster with new techonology advancements
-There is also 150,000 route miles in the US today compared to the 30,000 route miles in 1860