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In the Great Plains
Before the railroads had reached the state named North Dakota, the land was not very populated by settlers. But as soon as it was built in the late 1800s, many people went there and built stores and homes.
People now with the railroad could travel faster, and more could go along. Along with food and liquids from farmers and things. It also gave people jobs, it being the biggest employment for men in the 1800s.
People were affected by the coal and became dirty, and so did their belongings most of the time.
Pollutants were put into the air by the smoke coming from the train.
Accidents often happened since the machine was new, they had yet to perfect things. Like the brakes.