Experience the race of rails to link the country—and meet the men behind this incredible feat—in a riveting story about the building of the transcontinental railroad, brought to life with archival photos.
In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.
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THE MOST SLOWLY-PACED BOOK EVER BUT GOOD WRITING AND GOOD RETELLING OF HISTORY This is a very long and slowly-paced book that is VERY tiring and takes longer than it should, but worth it for the people interested in this kind of stuff. But it is a good book with a great story and retelling of history – GREAT book for patient kids. However, very tiring for impatient kids, who might find it too long. The story is retold greatly and there are lots of maps and images, however, there are biographies for 12 different people which is a TINY bit too much, in my opinion. I liked the images and pictures – they are real pictures from that decade. The people in the biographies are decent at best, however, they tell their stories in an intriguing and realistic way. Review by Joshua B, age 12, GLAAM/Los Angeles