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Ever since the 1830s when Horatio Allen imported the first steam locomotive fromBritain railroads have captured the imagination of Americans This new machine withthe luxury of riverboats could cross immense distances and terrains that would exhausthorses Railroads made local travel possible and reliable enough for business as well asfor people and families moving west After realizing how the railroad greatly impactedthe settlement of the west and the development of the country as a whole the governmentgranted loans and large land sales to the railroad companies The railroad was rapidly moving across the west By 1859 the railroad hadcrossed the Missouri river Then the United States cheered as the central Pacific andUnion Pacific railroads at Promontory Utah on May 10 1969 The link of the tworailroad lines was and still is signified by a golden spike making it the firsttranscontinental railroad in the US The regional lines multiplied as a result of this andother transcontinental railroad lines Even thought the railroad created a large amount of jobs after thetranscontinental rail was finished all of the workers or employees were not as much indemand and therefor relieved of there jobs This caused a lot of controversy which led toa series of strikes against the union headsOf all the great achievements that the US has made over the centuries I believethat the railroad is towards the top of the list It is not only one of the best ways oftrading and transporting goods across the country it is also a very good mode of
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