Railroads of North Dakota

The beginning of Railroads

when North Dakota became a state, the railroad companies laid 2,093 miles of track. The Northern Pacific’s main line crossed the state from Fargo to Beach; the Manitoba ran from Grand Forks to Williston. And the railroads built hundreds of miles of branch lines, tracks that ran to areas north and south from the main line. Northern Dakota became a gigantic web of railroad tracks.

Advantages and disadvantages from Railroads


Some advantages easier mode of transportation. Created a lot of new jobs in ND. least affected by weather railroad was better organized suitable for bulky and heavy goods. larger capacity.


Disadvantages take long time to go far but all modes of transportation did. Motion sickness people accidently falling off. has to have large capacities of people or doesn't make any money.


1803 the steam engine was invented by george stephenson in 1804 the first steam engine locomotive was invented the locomotive hauled of 10 tons of iron. United states then borrowed that idea and started making railways

how did it impact ND

The railroads tied Northdakota to the grain markets of minneapolis settlements progressed as Railroads extended thrue the state promoted the region the railroads provided and brought supplies to settlers the rail roads indeed created Northdakota.
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