Trancontinental Railroad

Connecting the East and the West

Coming Together

In 1862 the Central Pacific Railroad Company and the Union Pacific Railroad company along with the help from the U.S congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act allowing these two companies to expand a Railroad all the way across country. The first first track was laid down on the Idaho - Nebraska border by the Central Pacific Railroad company and continued laying tracks westward, and the Union Pacific Railroad company laid their first tracks in Sacremento Califorina and moved towards the ocean.

The Significance of the Railroad

Transcontinental Railroad

This changed peoples lives by allowing people to ship their goods across country with the satisfaction of knowing that their goods will make it to the destination safely. Also it gives people the ability to move their lives to the other side of the continent fairly quickly and safely with little to know doubt of being attacked by indians!