Transcontinental Railroad Changes

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Many environmental changes occurred during the transcontinental railroad’s construction. Wherever workers could not overcome terrain, they changed it instead. The transcontinental railroad route was made up of tunnels, cuts, fills, and bridges. Even though it remains a marvel to have built and planned, many of the resources on the route were used to a great expense. With the land along the railroad, timber, water, and minerals could be collected and sold. This resulted in one-third of forests in California to disappear. This lumber salvaged from California had been mostly implemented into the railroads.
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