The first Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. By 1893 there were six major railroad companies

The first Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. By 1893 there were six major railroad companies

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Campsite and train of the Central Pacific Railroad at the foot of the mountains, 1868

Campsite and train of the Central Pacific Railroad at the foot of the mountains, 1868

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April 28, 1869: Railway workers for the Central Pacific Railroad lay 10 miles of track in a single day. A horde of Irish and Chinese laborers accomplished the task, using 5 trainloads of materials, and setting a record that has not been beaten to this day. Photo is of the ceremonial "Golden Spike" driven on May 10th of the same year, celebrating the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

April 28, 1869: Railway workers for the Central Pacific Railroad lay 10 miles of track in a single day. A horde of Irish and Chinese laborers accomplished the task, using 5 trainloads of materials, and setting a record that has not been beaten to this day. Photo is of the ceremonial "Golden Spike" driven on May 10th of the same year, celebrating the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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The Donner Pass, possibly taken in the 1860s during the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad

The Donner Pass, possibly taken in the 1860s during the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad

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First Transcontinental Railroad-also person pinned from has a lot of research on the history of railroads

First Transcontinental Railroad-also person pinned from has a lot of research on the history of railroads

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As the two railroads were set to meet in Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 8, 1869, Union Pacific Vice President Thomas C. Durant was stuck in his train. His car wheels had been chained to the tracks in Wyoming by a tie cutter crew demanding their back wages.

As the two railroads were set to meet in Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 8, 1869, Union Pacific Vice President Thomas C. Durant was stuck in his train. His car wheels had been chained to the tracks in Wyoming by a tie cutter crew demanding their back wages.

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On May 10, 1869, the "golden spike" connects the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, making transcontinental travel in the U.S. possible. Click the photo to see it placed in Google Street View.

On May 10, 1869, the "golden spike" connects the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, making transcontinental travel in the U.S. possible. Click the photo to see it placed in Google Street View.

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The last rail is laid - Promontory, Utah where the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific met completing the transcontinental rail line.

The last rail is laid - Promontory, Utah where the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific met completing the transcontinental rail line.

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Golden Spike Utah - It commemorates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad met on May 10, 1869. The final joining of the rails spanning the continent was signified by the driving of the ceremonial Golden Spike.

Golden Spike Utah - It commemorates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad met on May 10, 1869. The final joining of the rails spanning the continent was signified by the driving of the ceremonial Golden Spike.

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Chinese Workers for Central Pacific Railroad: The white European workers seemed to only be interested in working long enough to earn money for a pick and a claim... Gold fever prevailed among them. The Chinese worked twice as hard and faster.

Chinese Workers for Central Pacific Railroad: The white European workers seemed to only be interested in working long enough to earn money for a pick and a claim... Gold fever prevailed among them. The Chinese worked twice as hard and faster.

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