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In the late 1840s, soon after California became a state, the Gold Rush began. A transcontinental railroad was next on the agenda. President Franklin Pierce commissioned Secretary of War Jefferson Davis to explore construction of a railroad that would connect California with the rest of the country. Following the 1862 Pacific Railway Act, both the Central Pacific Railroad Company and the Union Pacific Railroad Company were founded. Both companies had the same mission: to put down 1,800 miles of railroad track between Omaha, Nebraska and Sacramento, California. The book provides details about the logistics of the work, as well as the challenges and the types of people involved in this expensive and ingenious engineering feat. While the Union Pacific Railroad Company faced attacks by Cheyenne and Sioux Indians, the Central Pacific Railroad Company had the most difficult route to build which led to the digging of more than a dozen tunnels through the Western mountain range. Ultimately, the project was completed with a connecting-of-the-rails celebration in Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. The book is part of the "Milestones in American History" series. Reviewer: Lynn O'Connell