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The Railroad

The Railroad

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Improve trade links and create national unity
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Reasons for the transcontinental railway
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1862
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When did building start?
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1869
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The year the railroad was completed
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Union Pacific
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Name of the company that started building from the east
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Central Pacific
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Name of the country that started building from the west
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Gave them 150 million acres of land either side of the tracks
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How did the US government pay the rail companies ?
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Travel west was easier and supplies were more readily available
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Benefit to Homesteaders
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Cowtowns were created which helped supply meet demand
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Benefit to Cattle industry
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Law men and judges could travel around faster which led to the growth of more peaceful communities
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Benefit to law and order
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Brought out many hunters that killed them in their millions
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Impact on buffalo
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As well as buffalo being killed, it was easier for the US army to get men and supplies out west
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Impact on Indians
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Place where the rail companies met up in 1869
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Promontory Point
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