1863 : First Transcontinental Railroad
Build in the 1860s and officially completed in May 10, 1869, the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States linked the well-developed railway network f the Eastern coast with California, which at the time was rapidly growing. Travelers had to take a carriage to Omaha, NE, in order to get on the train and travel to the final destination, San Francisco, Ca.
It is considered to be the greatest technological feat of the 19th century, built in motivation to connect California and the Union during the Civil War. In its completion, it replaced slower, more dangerous wagon trains, Pony Express and stagecoach lines that crossed the country by land, also t difficult journey through sea around the southern tip of South America.
Talk of the railroad stared in 1830, and in 1849 in the occurrence of the California Gold Rush, California became an important part of the United States, ideal for rail connection. Construction began in 1863 and completed in 1869.
The First Trans. Railroad promoted travel to the west of the United States, which in conclusion let to the expansion of those areas and great economic abundance.