Transcontinental Railroad

Westward Expansion Activity


The railroad that connected the pacific coast at San Francisco Bay to Omaha, Nebraska. It transported good to and from California making it possible to live there.



1. 3 private companies came together to build the railroad. It was very important to populating the west and encourage westward expansion.

2. The $100,000,000 it took to build the railroad was raised by selling government bonds and stock to private investors

3. The transcontinental railroad made it possible live out west which we still do today. The railroad was also the starting point of all the railroads we currently have in the west today.