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Binding the Country With Railroad Ties

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Binding the Country With Railroad Ties a. Four More Transcontinental Lines i. Were completed before the end of the century ii. Didn’t secure loans from the federal government, but received land grants iii. Here are the lines: 1. Northern Pacific Railroad – a. Went from Lake Superior to Puget Sound (1883) 2. Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, New Mexico Railroad – a. Completed in 1884 3. Southern Pacific Railroad – a. Went from New Orleans to San Francisco (1884) 4. Great Northern Railroad – a. Went from Duluth, Minnesota to Seattle (1893) b. James Hill was the builder of this railroad and one of the best of them all c. He perceived that the prosperity of his railroad depended on the prosperity of the area that it served. He even imported bulls from England and gave them to farmers d. This enabled his railroad to withstand financial troubles that occurred later b. Overoptimism i. Build tracks too quickly (7,000 miles per year) ii. Some went through long stretches of barren less land iii. Many faced bankruptcy, mergers, or
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  • Spring '11
  • Reed
  • Rail transport, Rail tracks, Southern Pacific Railroad, Northern Pacific Railroad, Great Northern Railroad, New Mexico Railroad

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