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
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.