The Railroad Comes to America (1820-1830)

Overview

When the railroad first came to America, mine owners used it to haul coal and rocks to towns and to canals and rivers for transportation. Train cars were moved by horses, gravity, and even the wind. Then the steam locomotive came to town, announcing its presences with a loud chuffing and smoke winding from the chimney. Life in the newly independent country of America was changed forever. Inventors and businessmen saw infinite possibilities. America adopted the train and rails from Great Britain and made them an ...
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Overview

When the railroad first came to America, mine owners used it to haul coal and rocks to towns and to canals and rivers for transportation. Train cars were moved by horses, gravity, and even the wind. Then the steam locomotive came to town, announcing its presences with a loud chuffing and smoke winding from the chimney. Life in the newly independent country of America was changed forever. Inventors and businessmen saw infinite possibilities. America adopted the train and rails from Great Britain and made them an American way of life. New railroads and new trains competed with each other to be the best. Soon they would cross the vast nation, and it all started when the railroad came to America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612282879
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Series: Railroad in American History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 47
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Tom Thumb Races a Horse 4

Sidebar: More than One Tom Thumb 9

Chapter 2

The Industrial Revolution Steams to America 10

Sidebar: John Stevens: "Father of the American Railroad" 17

Chapter 3

"Linking 13 Great States with the Nation" 18

Sidebar: Horsepower 25

Chapter 4

Bigger and Better 26

Sidebar: Matthias Baldwin 35

Chapter 5

The Railroad Changes America 36

Sidebar: Monopoly 41

Timeline 42

Chapter Notes 43

Works Consulted 44

Further Reading 44

Books 44

On the Internet 45

Glossary 45

Index 47

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