Western Life

First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

Construction of each leg of the railroad began at a different time. The western leg was undertaken by Central Pacific, and Judah’s project became dominated by ‘The Big Four.’ Although well-known businessmen, they had no previous experience constructing railroads and borrowed a great amount of money to finance the project. They also used loopholes to… Continue reading First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

Western Life

First Transcontinental Railroad – From East to West and Back Again

Expansion of the western part of the United States was quicker and easier after the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad, also known as the Pacific Railroad or The Overland Route. This was the first continuous railroad to stretch coast-to-coast for 1,912 miles, connecting the eastern US Rail Network at Omaha, with the Pacific Coast… Continue reading First Transcontinental Railroad – From East to West and Back Again