Growth of the Railroad Industry

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Unformatted text preview: Growth of the Railroad Industry Western Expansion Unit New Technology Bessemer Process Reduced the impurities of steel Made the production of steel cheaper and faster Standard Gauge Common distance b/w the rails of a railroad track Steel allows the US to build bigger trains and lay more track Transcontinental Railroad Central Pacific Railroad (Chinese immigrants) and Union Pacific Railroad (Irish immigrants) Meet at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869 Casualties 2,000 dead; 20,000 injured Pay Approx. $50.00/month (Irish); Approx. $ 35.00/month (Chinese) Railroad lines now connect the Atlantic and Pacific Effects of the Railroad Creation of a standard time zone (1883) Creation of the Pullman Car Luxury sleeping car Establish new markets and towns 35,000 miles of track in 1835; 193,000 miles by 1900 Support from the govt and corruption from the railroad industry Railroads become the # 1 industry in America The Rancher, Farmer and Miner Western Expansion Unit National Identity In your notebook: Make a list of adjectives that describe the popular image of cowboys Use any Hollywood or literary references you feel are pertinent. 1) Hardworking 2) individualistic 3) strong 4) quiet Sentinel by Frederick Remington Cattle Industry Mexican roots Vaqueros cowboys Many words are adopted from the Mexican ranchers...
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