Helping or Hurting the Farmers
By: Bailey Rogers
Did the the Homestead Act hurt or help the farmers?
In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act hired the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad companies, they had tasked them with building what we know know it as the Transcontinental Railroad that connected the untied States from east to the west.
Where the Transcontinental Railroad started then ended
Over a time period of seven years, the two railroad companies raced towards each other; one from Sacramento, California on the other one and Omaha, Nebraska on the other, struggling against a great risk before they meet at Promontory, Utah, on the day of May 10, 1869. This helped and hurt the farmers in a way. It helped the farmers because it was going to be way easier to get their good to the east or to markets. It was bad because the price to ship the goods was very high compared to their income.