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History of Railroads Railroads were born in England a country of dense population short distances and large financial resources In England problems were very different from those in America which in the early 1800s was a nation of great distances sparse population and limited capital Americans had to learn to build railroads for their own country by actual experience they could not copy English methods The first American railroads started from the Atlantic ports of Boston Mass New York City Philadelphia Pa Wilmington Del Baltimore Md Charleston SC and Savannah Ga Within 20 years four rail lines had crossed the Alleghenies to reach their goal on the Western Waters of the Great Lakes or on the tributaries of the Mississippi Meanwhile other lines had started from west of the mountains and by the mid-1850s Chicago Ill St Louis Mo and Memphis Tenn were connected with the East Still other lines were stretching westward beyond the Mississippi An international route connected New England and Montreal Que and another one crossed southern Ontario between Niagara NY and the Detroit River During the 1850s north-south routes were developed both east and west of the Alleghenies It was not until after the American Civil War however that a permanent railroad bridge as distinguished from a temporary wartime structure was constructed across the Ohio River After the Civil War the pace of railroad building increased The two Pacific railroadsone the Union Pacific building westward from Omaha Neb the other the Central Pacific building eastward from Sacramento Califhad been started during the war to help promote national unity They were joined at Promontory Utah on May 10 1869 completing the first rail connection across the continent
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