First Transcontinental Railroad
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The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the "Pacific Railroad" and later as the "Overland Route") was a railroad line built in the United States of America between 1863 and 1869 by the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad that connected its statutory Eastern terminus at Council Bluffs, Iowa/Omaha, Nebraska (via Ogden, Utah, and Sacramento, California) with the Pacific Ocean at Oakland, California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco. By linking with the existing railway network of the Eastern United States, the road thus connected the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States by rail for the first time. The line was popularly known as the Overland Route after the principal passenger rail service that operated over the length of the line through the end of 1962.
- Related: California and the railroads, Chin Lin Sou, Hell on Wheels, Transcontinental railroad, Interstate 80
"I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad"
edsitement.neh.gov/.../i-hear-locomotives-impact-transcontinental-railroad - Web
Golden Spike National Historical Site in Utah
www.nps.gov/gosp/ - Web
Route map at the Library of Congress
memory.loc.gov/.../gmd:@FILREQ(@field(SUBJ+@od1(Continental+Railway+))+@FIELD(COLLID+rrmap)) - Web
Gallery for «First Transcontinental Railroad»
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
CPRR.org - Web
Union Pacific Railroad History
www.uprr.com/aboutup/history/ - Web
The Transcontinental Railroad
bushong.net/dawn/about/college/ids100/ - Web
Pacific Railway Act and related resources at the Library of Congress
www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/PacificRail.html - Web
Collections Canada: History of the Grand Trunk Railroad
www.collectionscanada.ca/confederation/023001-2997-e.html - Web
Chinese-American Contribution to transcontinental railroad
cprr.org/Museum/Chinese.html - Web
Abandoned route of the transcontinental railroad in Utah (with map)
www.abandonedrails.com/article.asp?id=202 - Web
Booknotes interview with David Howard Bain on Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad, March 5, 2000.
www.booknotes.org/Watch/155004-1/David+Haward+Bain.aspx - Web
Linda Hall Library's Transcontinental Railroad educational site with free, full-text access to 19th century American railroad periodicals
railroad.lindahall.org - Web