3 Essential QuestionsHow can a transportation system influence a countries’ economy?Who funded the building of the transcontinental railroad? Why?Who helped to build the first transcontinental railroad?How did the building of the transcontinental railroad impact the United States?
4 Why Build A Transcontinental Railroad? Encourage Settlement of the WestDevelop the Economy of the United StatesBring Natural Resources of the West to Eastern FactoriesConnect the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific (Manifest Destiny)
5 Central Pacific Railroad & Union Pacific Railroad Co. U.S. Government Hired 2 Companies to Build the Transcontinental RailroadCentral Pacific Railroad:Start in Sacramento California & Build EastUnion Pacific Railroad:Start in Omaha Nebraska & Build West
9 Railroad Companies Needed $$$ to Build Across the U.S. U.S. Government Gave Union Pacific & Central Pacific $$$ Millions in LoansU.S. Also Gave 20 Miles of Land for FREE for Every 1 Mile of Track BuiltRailroad Companies Sold the Extra Land! $$$ Money & New Customers!
11 Central Pacific Railroad Sacramento, California: Built from West to EastFaced a Labor Shortage:No WorkersMost Workers left to Become Miners (Gold Strikes)Hired Chinese Workers to Replace Them
12 Benefits of Hiring the Chinese! Chinese Workers Turned Out to Be Great Workers!Hardworking, Efficient, & FearlessChinese Culture/Custom Drinks TEA!Boiled WaterNo Bacteria!Workers Were Never Sick!Over 10,000 Chinese Were Hired by the Central Pacific Railroad
34 What Time Is It?If it’s 5pm in New York, What Time is it in Denver, Colorado?If it’s 5pm in New York, What Time is it in Los Angeles, California?If it’s 7am in Fargo, North Dakota, What Time is it in New York?If it’s 6:15 am in Tucson, Arizona, What Time is it in Boston, Massachusetts?
35 Economic Benefits of the Transcontinental Railroad Railroads Carried Natural Resources from the West to Eastern MarketsLumber, Livestock, Cattle, Grains, Minerals, Etc…Eastern Cities Manufactured Natural Resources, Sold Products to the West & the World$$$ for the U.S.!
36 Railroads Settle the West Railroads Were Lifelines for SettlersTrains Provided Lumber, Farm Equipment, Food, & Other NecessitiesNo Longer Did Settlers Have to Live Near Water:Just Had to Live Near a Railroad!More Exploration & Settlement of the West!
37 What Was the Railroads Impact on Native Americans?
38 Proposed New Transportation Railway System in U.S.
39 Essential QuestionsHow can a transportation system influence a countries’ economy?Who funded the building of the transcontinental railroad? Why?Who helped to build the first transcontinental railroad?How did the building of the transcontinental railroad impact the United States?