Transcontinental Railroad by: Bvit and jake

Rail Road Through Mountains

Transcontinental Snoopy Video

What struggles did workers face?

The work was very dangerous and difficult. The weather wasn't great either. Building through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, from 1866-1867, there were 44 storms. There was 18 feet of snow that workers had to work through on top of dodging the mountains. Speaking of mountains, workers sometimes had to drill through because going around it would be a waste of time and money. They used nitroglycerin. Union Pacific workers had to deal with the Native Americans. The Native Americans were angered because the workers were building track on their land. They raided the workplace which made building more difficult and costly. Alcohol, gambling was risky because they would spend all of their money on it and would be very distracted.


Who worked on the railroad?

People working on the Transcontinental Railroad summed up to be about 800 workers on the railroad, most early workers being Irish immigrants.

Where Did It Start And End?

The 1776 mile long rail road started in both Sacramento, California and Omaha Missouri and met in the middle.

Money Involved

The Chinese people that were working from $27-$30 a month while Irishmen were paid $35 a month. They ended up spending $50,000,000 total on the railroad.

!!!!!It was very expensive!!!!!

Leland Stanford's

He was the president while the Central Pacific railroad was being built. He was the builder of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Leland Stanford

When was the railroad built?

The Transcontinental Railroad was built from 1863-1869

Effects of the RR on the country and the future

On the country: Faster and safer transportation from coast to coast, Boosted the trade, Faster spreading of ideas. The future: It shaped our transportation today, We would not be as advanced if it weren't for the Transcontinental Railroad

Fun Facts!!!!

The transcontinental railroad line was important to Abraham Lincoln, but it wasn't completed until 4 years after he died.

Obviously Chinese workers earned typically less than white workers. But if they saved, could have $20 left over at the end of the month. This was a small fortune to them, as many came from extreme poverty in China and other countires.

Governor Stanford drove the last spike, called the golden spike, into the track. This spike was gold plated with real gold.

The railroad made it possible to travel across the country in one week instead of in six months.

There have been tons of movies featuring this Railroad. It was a big piece in our history and shaped our future.

Thank You Class! Hope you learned all about the Transcontinental Railroad.


Created with images by roy.luck - "Cajon Pass" • MTAPhotos - "NYCT_9520" • MTAPhotos - "Weekend work 2011-12-12 04" • Sir Hectimere - "Trans Canada - 1979" • Loco Steve - "Tunnel 38 @ Cisco Ca: From California Zephyr" • Loco Steve - "Ice house ruins at Boca California" • ChiefRanger - "Donner Train Tunnels and Snow Sheds" • Cooperweb - "Money" • stanford_archives - "PC0001_8772_leland_stanford_c1880" • werner22brigitte - "locomotive steam locomotive train" • - "ic1184.JPG" • nateOne - "Thank You"

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.