Chapter 17 Section 1

by Cara Canby

Vocabulary

Vigilantes- self appointed law keepers

Subsidies- Grants of land money

Transcontinental Railroad- Railroad line that spanned the con

Boom and Bust

the gold rush of 1849 in California excited the nation

Gold Rushers were in California, Nevada, and the Dakota Territory

Most Prospectors went all over the West for gold

Most people stayed in tents until hotels, stores and other wooden buildings appeared

Railroad Boom

Before 1860 railroads line ended at the Mississippi River

The Government offered Subsidies

in !8662 Leland stanford the right to build a line eastward from Sacramento

New towns sprang up in the west