The History of the Union Pacific: America's Great Transcontinental Railroadby Marie Cahill
There are few railroads that evoke the legends of early American railroading as do those that were joined at Promontory, Utah by the epochal driving of the "golden spike." The Union Pacific formed the eastern portion of that historic union, and its story has grown with that of the United States itself. As the American frontier expanded across the continent, settlers bravely journeyed across the "Great American Desert" in search of a better life on the West Coast. The journey was long and arduous, and the wagon trains that carried those first settlers across the nation inspired a vision of a great railroad spanning the continent. For the country to survive and prosper, it borders has to be linked, and thus was born the dream of the Union Pacific Railroad. The sweat of many men went into the building of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and when the final spike was driven home at Promontory the dream of a transcontinental railroad was realized; the event itself symbolized, to that generation, what landing on the moon would to a later generation.
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