The Transcontinental Railroad America at Its Best? (Both Sides) by Robert Young

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  • Railroads,
  • History - United States/19th Century,
  • Children"s 9-12 - History - General,
  • Children: Grades 4-6,
  • Transportation - Railroads & Trains,
  • History,
  • Juvenile literature,
  • Pacific railroads

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The Physical Object
Number of Pages80
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Open LibraryOL8087749M
ISBN 100875186114
ISBN 109780875186115

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This is my third read of the book. It is a good layman's guide to the building of the transcontinental railroad, which in fact was not a transcontinental railroad. It ran essentially from Omaha to Sacramento. But what the heck, why let a few geographical facts stand in the way of a good story.

Stephen Ambrose is or was a good by: Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Stephen E. Ambrose | Nov 6, out of 5 stars The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the "Pacific Railroad" and later as the "Overland Route") was a 1,mile (3, km) continuous railroad line constructed between and that connected the existing eastern U.S.

rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa with the Pacific coast at the Oakland Long Wharf on San Francisco Bay. Owner: U.S. The Transcontinental Railroad book. In the Union Pacific RR began construction from Omaha, Nebr., while the Central Pacific broke ground at Sacramento, Calif.

The two lines met at Promontory Summit, Utah, and ona golden spike joined the two railways, thus completing the first transcontinental railroad. Others followed. This is an actual book, not the "Kindle Edition," which is the only version that shows up in Goodreads.

It provides some good information on the building of the transcontinental railroad. For that it is worth reading. However, the book appears to have been cobbled together as fast as the "editors" could do so/5. Primary Source Transcontinental Railroad: Mark Twain on the Railroad.

Mark Twain chronicled his experiences living and working out West in his book Roughing It, published in Article. Building the Transcontinental Railroad: Stanford historian’s book shines light on Chinese workers in California They helped complete the American dream of conquering the West.

A transcontinental railroad or transcontinental railway is a contiguous network railroad trackage that crosses a continental land mass with terminals at different oceans or continental borders. Such networks can be via the tracks of either a single railroad or over those owned or controlled by multiple railway companies along a continuous route.

Although Europe is crisscrossed by railways, the. Inthe Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad Companies began building a transcontinental railroad that would link the United States from east to.

Building the Transcontinental Railroad: Chinese Immigrants Made It Happen At first railroad companies were reluctant to hire Chinese The Transcontinental Railroad book, but. As the book, "Railroads In The Days Of Steam," notes the government was paying upwards of $96, for every new mile the Transcontinental Railroad constructed, which included a foot-wide right-of-way.

Obviously, not only did more mileage mean more territory but also greater revenue. Celebrity status aside, the relative sales of the two books were undoubtedly influenced by the fact that "Empire Express" is twice the length of the Ambrose book.

pages on the transcontinental railroad is well past most people's attention span. After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth century's most transformative event.

Beginning in with a visionary's dream to span the continent with twin bands of iron, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national/5. The transcontinental railroad was also called the Pacific Railroad and the Overland Route.

The total length of the First Transcontinental Railroad was 1, miles. The Central Pacific Railroad was controlled by four men called the "Big Four". They were Leland Stanford, Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker. Presented in a comic-book format, this mini-book will engage readers at all levels and encourage them to delve more deeply into the mass movement west and how it shaped the country.

Transcontinental Railroad Transcontinental Railroad. Page 7 of 7. The Transcontinental Railroad The Transcontinental Railroad. Informational (nonfiction), 1, words, Level X (Grade 5), Lexile L Multilevel Book also available in levels Z1 and Z2 How could anyone build something as big and expensive as a railroad across the immense, rugged American West.

The Transcontinental Railroad addresses the. His book (co-authored with James Ronda) The West the Railroads Made is due out in Also suggested for further reading: Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad,by Stephen E.

Ambrose; and The Transportation Frontier: Trans-Mississippi West,Oscar Osburn Winther. The coming of the Transcontinental Railroad (TCRR), the first communication revolution in the United States. The First Transcontinental Railroad in North America was built in the s, linking the well developed railway network of the East coast with rapidly growing California.

The main line was officially completed on   He is author of a newly-released book, "Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad" The gold. Building the transcontinental railroad during the s was one of the great achievements of the era.

The completion was marked by the “Golden Spike Ceremony,” held onwhen rail lines built by the Central Pacific from the west and the Union Pacific from the east were joined at.

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The pounding hammer on that final golden spike, which linked the east to the west, echoed waves of. The Transcontinental Railroad, laid across the United States during the s, remains the very epitome of contradiction.

On the one hand, it was a triumph of engineering skills over thousands of miles of rough terrain, but on the other hand, it drained the natural resources in those places nearly dry. David Haward Bain, Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad Bain's book—the product of a year effort—is the authoritative account and will probably remain so for a long time.

If you want the whole story, it's here, wonderfully written and meticulously researched pages. In graphic novel format, tells the story of how the Transcontinental Railroad was built during the s. Hook Your Students Take part in an important historical event that gave Americans a way to travel and move goods from the East to the West faster than ever.

The transcontinental railroad was a powerful force—and symbol—of a kind of change that most contemporary observers recognized as progress. While the changes caused by such a transformative force couldn't always be predicted, one thing was certain: those changes would be sweeping.

The country’s first transcontinental railroad began in the mids with a single man and his obsession. Civil engineer Theodore Judah devised.

Transcontinental Railroad Fact Sheet Prior to the opening of the transcontinental railroad, it took four to six months to travel miles from the Missouri River to California by wagon. January – Central Pacific Railroad breaks ground on its portion of the railroad at Sacramento, California; the first rail is laid in October File Size: 64KB.

The Transcontinental Railroad addresses the laborious and often dangerous process of connecting the United States from east to west. Historic photographs support detailed and engaging text. Students will have the opportunity to practice the skills of identifying main ideas and details and summarizing to understand the text.

This book provides the keys to discovering the important people, places and events that helped shape the western United States.

An age appropriate (grades ) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study is included. What changes did the transcontinental railroad bring to the Brand: Scholastic, Inc. Your new book reinterprets the building of the railroad as a colonial project.

Your book also challenges readers to consider the Transcontinental Railroad as a form of “continental imperialism.” Colonialism and imperialism are two very distinct processes. InPresident Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act—and the race to complete the Transcontinental Railroad was on.

With engaging pictures and text, this nonfiction narrative brings this part of history to life, including the key events and key players involved. The Pacific Railway A Brief History of Building the Transcontinental Railroad. Before the advent of the transcontinental railroad, a journey across the continent to the western states meant a dangerous six month trek over rivers, deserts, and atively, a traveler could hazard a six week sea voyage around Cape Horn, or sail to Central America and cross the Isthmus of Panama by.

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Young learners will be introduced to an important stage in history when they read Building The Transcontinental Railroad.

This book is filled with photographs, interesting facts, discussion questions, and more, to effectively engage young learners in such a significant re-telling of events. Pages:   The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad from () Way Back.

About the book: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, –, Ambrose's non-academic popular. Empire Express, winner New England Historical Association Book Prize,Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History), Bancroft Prize, New York Times Book Review Notable Book, David Bain's meticulously researched and highly detailed Empire Express is the best modern history of the first transcontinental railroad — highly recommended.

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Get this from a library. The transcontinental railroad. [John Perritano] -- Describes the development of a railway system uniting the United States, from its design and planning, through the problems that plagued its construction, to its completion in and its subsequent.

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The country wants to be united. The eastern businessmen want to sell their goods to those in the west and buy goods from Asia. The westerners want to sell their material to those in the east. In Abraham Lincoln signs the Pacific Railway Act to build the transcontinental railroad.

Can you help? Shortly after the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Point, Utah, onJames Strobridge — the construction foreman of the Central Author: Andrew Graybill.The Transcontinental Railroad greatly boosted America’s economy and contributed to the westward expansion.

Before the railroad, the fastest way to migrate to the West was by wagon, a journey fraught with danger over plains, deserts, mountains and rivers.

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