In the late 1830's, many people laughed off the idea of a railroad that would run from coast to coast. Just considering the mountain ranges in between made the task impossible. Or so many thought. The gold rush of the late 1840's pushed the cause even further. With the intervention of men like Abraham Lincoln, William Sherman, Theodore Judah, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, and others, the railroad became a reality. Months were spent blasting through each section of the mountain progressing just inches at a time. Through the labor of Chinese immigrants and a construction plan that began on both coasts, the railroad was finished in just over six years. This is a great resource for the American history classroom; it is well written with a number of original photographs that add a lot for the young reader. It is part of the "We the People" series. 2002, Compass Point Books, Floyd
Jean F. Blashfield has worked for publishers in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she has written more than 90 books, most of them for young people. Jean F. Blashfield has two adult children and lives in Delavan, Wisconsin.