The Union Pacific got the East side of the country, starting at Omaha, Nebraska, and the Central Pacific got the West side of the country, starting at Sacramento, California. Both companies joined tracks on May 10, 1869 in Promontory Point, Utah. During the time of the building, The Civil War
Together, Lewis and Clark decided to call their group “The Corps of Discovery.” Altogether, Lewis managed to recruit up to fifty men to join him in his journey into the west. “While in Philadelphia, Lewis also received a letter from the President with detailed instructions for the upcoming expedition: ‘The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri River, and such principal stream of it, as, by it’s course and communication with the waters of the Pacific Ocean…may offer the most direct and practicable water communication across this continent for the purposes of commerce’” (Snyder 16). With this letter, The Corps of Discovery were taken from Philadelphia to St. Louis, where they would be dropped off to begin their search of the land west of the Mississippi
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. It began near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific coast. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the expedition shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It comprised a selected group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark. Their perilous journey lasted from May 1804 to September 1806.
In 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act appropriated over $3 billion in public works in hopes of recovering the U.S. economy. In October of 1933, $84 million was allocated to the construction of Fort Peck Dam. News of employment spread like wildfire, bringing in desperate men from all over to work. The promise of fifty-cents an hour and a full week of work, brought in over 10,000 new labors for the build.
In a time, 1865 marked the end of Reconstruction of the North and the South after the Civil War. The start of the Second Industrial Revolution began with the invention of electrical power and mechanical engines. The United States expanded westward like never before with the creation of railroads, oil, and steel. The Election of 1896 marked a critical election when Republican William McKinley, United States President from 1897-1901, defeated his opponent in one of the most dramatic and complex elections in the young country’s history. Using the idea of American Imperialism, the United States aimed to spread their political, economic, and cultural control within the government over areas beyond their boundaries.
World War I was the Great War that was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from July 28th 1914 to November 11th 1918. The countries that participated in World War I were Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire against Great Britain, the United States, France, Russia, Italy and Japan. The winners of World War I were Great Britain, the United States, France, Russia, Italy and Japan. The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'.
The Mormon Pioneers The definition of a pioneer is one who goes before to prepare or open up the way for others to follow. The Mormon pioneers were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who migrated across the United States from the Midwest to the Salt Lake Valley in what is today the U.S. state of Utah. The movement of the Mormon pioneers was due to the founding of the mormon religion which began not long before their migration with a man named Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830 in Fayette, New York. New York State in the early 1800s was known as the "Burned Over District" because the controversy over religion was fierce and the numerous different organizations caused him to wonder about which one would be the best
Railroads had a major impact on advancing the American economy, transforming America into a modern society, and improving an antiquated transportation system. The building of railroads created rapid economic growth in America. Railroad companies employed more than one million workers to build and maintain railroads. At the same time, coal, timber, and steel industries employed thousands of workers to provide the supplies necessary to build railroads (Chapter 12 Industrialization). In turn, railroad companies spent large sums of money purchasing railroad supplies.
From the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, from small rural agricultural and ranching communities to large urban centers of innovation and advanced manufacturing, the border is based in both tradition and the crossing of boundaries. The southern border U.S. states are crucial for trade. Last year, this region accounted US$132.7 billion in exports to Mexico, while more than 1 million jobs were supported by this economic activity, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The U.S – Mexico border has four main Mega Regions. Each of these regions is unique and has different capabilities and resources.
In 1821, Mexico declared its independence and went to war with the United States. When the war ended the land north of the Gila River became United States territory and a few years later the rest of the area was obtained through the Gadsden Purchase. Then began the great westward movement. From adventurers to businessmen, our early pioneers came west to seek their fortunes. After a battle with the Indian settlers trying to prevent the
In 1864 Congress approved the Northern Pacific Railway to be built. The NPR is the first transcontinental railroad in the northern part of the country. It is 8,316 miles long, beginning in Minnesota and ending in Washington state, with many branches going off the main line. When congress approved it they also supplied nearly 40million acres of land grants to build the railroad on. Construction didn 't go underway until 1870, and the rail road was finally christened to open on Sept. 8 1888.
In 1824 Smith belonged to the party that reestablish the South Pass, a passage to the North west through Wyoming. Two years later, he and a trading party left Great Salt Lake and crossed the Mojave Desert to southern California, becoming the first Americans to enter California from the east. Blocked by the weird Mexican governor of California, Smith altered his plan to go north into Oregon. Instead, in
As soon as Mexico opened fire, the Mexican American war started. The first battle of the war was the battle of Palo Alto which was fought in current day Brownsville on May 8, 1846. Taylor led the opposing forces to fight against Arista’s Mexican troop. The battle took place north of the Rio Grande, the battle led to Taylor’s victory. The day after, Taylor followed Mexico’s retreating men to Resaca de la Palma with 200 soldiers where they took yet another victory.
In 1890, the United States Congress passed an act that officially created the Oklahoma Territory. During its years as a territory, the United States government declared Guthrie to be the capital of the area despite the fact that a number of other towns wanted to be the capital. At the time, Guthrie was a railroad station stop on the Southern Kansas Railway, and it had a post office. Within hours of the United States government’s announcement that “Unassigned Lands” in a two million acre section of the Indian