The Transcontinental Railroad of 1862 for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Transcontinental Railroad of 1862 for Kids and Teachers

 
 

Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Bill in 1862. This bill allowed Congress to hire two private companies to build a transcontinental railroad that would connect travel by rail from coast to coast. It took six years to build the railroad. Ulyssus S Grant was president by the time it was finished.

The Transcontinental Railroad is considered one of the most important technological advances of the 19th century. But it was not easy to build.

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