Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why was the transcontinental railroad built?


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Bruce Cooper" bcc@CPRR.org

"The necessity that now exists for constructing lines of railroad and telegraphic communication between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of this continent is no longer a question for argument; it is conceded by every one. In order to maintain our present position on the Pacific, we must have some more speedy and direct means of intercourse than is at present afforded by the route through the possessions of a foreign power." Report of the Select Committee on the Pacific Railroad and Telegraph, 34th Congress, 1st Session, 1856

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