3. Describe at least two effects of the construction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific RRs between Sacramento and Omaha. The construction of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads allowed for the construction of the transcontinental railroad. The transcontinental railroad led to westward expansion.
The Transcontinental Railroad was the first line across the continent. The railroad line stretched from Omaha, Nebraska, all the way to Sacramento, California. This railroad allowed the United States the opportunity to expand westward, as both people and resources would be able to be shipped much faster than before. In 1862 The Pacific Railway Act was passed, which allowed the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad to construct the lines for the transcontinental railroad. On May 10, 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was established at Promontory, Utah.
The East Coulee Train Bridge was built in 1936 to haul coal from the new Atlas and Murray Mines from the south side of the Red Deer River. The bridge cost $90,992.00, being a joint venture between Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways. As the market for Drumheller coal dwindled, road replaced rail as the main route for coal to reach market. Company trucks delivered coal to farmers and small villages.
Despite the proliferation of horsecar transportation in the late nineteenth century, the Ocean Beach area remained disparate from the bulk of San Francisco residents. The recreational opportunities of Ocean Beach, Harbor View, and Sutro’s Cliff House attracted the need for a transportation solution. The Sutter Street Railroad was the first company to attempt steam dummy service to this section for San Francisco in 1877. The route connected horsecar service at Broadway and Polk streets to a steam dummy that took riders to Harbor View, but its location, remote from the many amusements of the beach, caused it to be unsuccessful.
Many things can happen at a railroad crossing: you can underestimate the train and think it is going slower than it really is, you can also get caught in the railroad tracks and get hit and seriously injured or killed. You might be in a hurry and decide to go around the railroad crossing which is against the law and can be fatal. Being distracted while crossing railroad tracks can lead to serious injury or death when you could have lived if you had taken a few seconds to put your phone away or turn the radio down when crossing the railroad tracks. There have been lights set up to help you stay safe at railroad crossings, and they have red flashing lights and gates to tell you when a train is coming. When the gates are coming down do not race to get thru the gate because you want to
The transcontinental railroad caused a lot of political impacts including uniting divided houses. In the 1850s, the greatest obstacle building the transcontinental railroad was the sectionalism in the American politics: between the North and the South. The biggest barrier in getting the railroad built in the mid-century in America is slavery. Congress had to make a decision whether or not slavery should be allowed in the new territory that was made easily accessible but the transcontinental railroad. Abraham Lincoln, the president, was less known as a great friend of the railroad.
Railroad crossings can be very dangerous. They are also a very important part of today’s society. Railroad crossings will only be dangerous if you make them. If you get hit by a train the odds that you will live is not very good.
Railroads are a very serious issue when driving, but commonly ignored. Many know that railroads are dangerous, but they only consider railroads dangerous if you are caught in the middle of one with a train coming towards you. It is dangerous to be in a situation where you are stuck in the middle of a railroad with a train bolting towards you, but there are ways to avoid this life threatening situation. Signs are a very important part to be safe when crossings are presented. Coming to a railroad crossing is not a sudden ‘surprise’, there are signs posted to indicate the crossing, usually there is a yellow, circular sign with a black X painted on the inside with two letter ‘Rs’ on the left and right side of the X. This is a warning sign to let the driver know that there is a railroad crossing ahead.
Did you know that there are a lot of different crashes each year about teens on railroads? If you want to stay as safe as possible while crossing the railroad, you must follow all of these rules.. First of all, you should never go on to the tracks if you're not supposed to be there.. Next, you always need to yield to a train. Last of all, you should always stop, look, and listen before crossing railroad tracks.
The Pan-American Highway Project recently unearthed a bunch of old bones, which were initially found by construction workers. The bones were turned over to scientists, who discovered that the large bones were part of the skeletons of over 40 marine animals. The bones belonged to animals like seals, aquatic sloths, and even an extinct species of sperm whales. These creatures are thought to have been killed off nearly 10,000 years ago.
The establishment and growth of the railroad had many influences on the Westward Expansion of America in the later half of the 1800’s. The railroad fueled the conflict with the Native Americans of the Plains, induced growth in population and economy in previously established urban areas, and lastly expanded the lands that were used for agriculture. The railroad affected various aspects of America’s West and the Great Plains. The advancement of the railroad West added to the already tense relationship with the Native Americans of the Plains.
The invention of railroads changed America's economics because it allowed for high volume of goods to be transported. The cost of traveling and shipping was also much cheaper. Before railroads, people would travel by boat for about $1,500. When railroads began their operation, the cost drastically reduced to $150. Traveling the railroad was more comfortable and people were not as susceptible to contact yellow fever that was rampant.