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Railroad Fever Building the Transcontinental Railroad 1830-1870

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In the 1840s, the desire for new land and the promise of riches drew thousands of Americans westward. But the journey by wagon and on foot was slow and dangerous, and people yearned for a new way to travel. The dream of creating a railroad that spanned the entire country seemed at best fleeting, but the passion of a few ignited a nation. Railroad Fever had struck.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by National Geographic (first published June 2004)
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Cheyenne Cortesi
Railroad Fever is a book about the history of the Transcontinental Railroad. The text mentions many aspects of this very important event in America, such as the workers, the Great Race, and the passengers. All of this text is accompanied with real pictures as well as illustrations. This book was very specific. Its facts were detailed but at times could get boring. However, the real pictures sparked interest as well as the illustrations. The index and glossary are good resources in this book for ...more
The achievement of building the transcontinental railroad across America between 1830 and 1869, when the track was officially opened on 10 May, was quite something.

The Central Pacific began laying track eastward while the Union Pacific began laying track westward and, almost unbelievably but inevitably, the two met at Promontory Point, Utah and the way across America was open to all.

This book tells of all the hardships encountered along the way and how, without the sterling work of the Irish and
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