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Rails to the Pacific

Rails to the Pacific

Broadcast: August 1, 1954
Added: Nov 09 2015

The greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century was the building of the first transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. It had to be built through an unsettled country of vast distances, across prairies filled with warlike Indians, and over the highest mountain ranges in the United States. While a transcontinental railroad had been discussed for some years it was not until 1853 that congress ordered the army to find a practical and economical route to the Pacific ocean...