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Impact of the Railroad Ever since the 1830s when Horatio Allen imported the first steam locomotive from Britain railroads have captured the imagination of Americans This new machine with the luxury of riverboats could cross immense distances and terrains that would exhaust horses Railroads made local travel possible and reliable enough for business as well as for people and families moving west After realizing how the railroad greatly impacted the settlement of the west and the development of the country as a whole the government granted loans and large land sales to the railroad companies The railroad was rapidly moving across the west By 1859 the railroad had crossed the Missouri river Then the United States cheered as the central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads at Promontory Utah on May 10 1969 The link of the two railroad lines was and still is signified by a golden spike making it the first transcontinental railroad in the US The regional lines multiplied as a result of this and other transcontinental railroad lines Even thought the railroad created a large amount of jobs after the transcontinental rail was finished all of the workers or employees were not as much in demand and therefor relieved of there jobs This caused a lot of controversy which led to a series of strikes against the union heads Of all the great achievements that the US has made over the centuries I believe that the railroad is towards the top of the list It is not only one of the best ways of trading and transporting goods across the country it is also a very good mode of transportation
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