The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad

William Francis BAILEY (1861 - )

Story of the planning, construction, and early operating of the Trans-continental railroad. There is coverage of the early proposals that began as early as the late 1700's to follow the best route to the Pacific Ocean. 1819 saw proposals for steam propelled carriages to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the early 1800's interest gained for creating a railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Costs, construction, and operation are covered along with details on the Kansas Pacific Railway, the Denver Pacific Railroad, and the Central Pacific Railroad. - Summary by Paul Harvey

Genre(s): Modern (19th C), Transportation

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Project and the Projectors Paul Harvey
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Play 02 The Proposition in Congress Paul Harvey
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Play 03 Mostly Financial Paul Harvey
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Play 04 Commencement of the Work Paul Harvey
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Play 05 Progress Made Paul Harvey
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Play 06 Indian Troubles During Construction Paul Harvey
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Play 07 The Builders Paul Harvey
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Play 08 Completion of the Line Paul Harvey
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Play 09 The Kansas Division (Kansas Pacific Railway) Paul Harvey
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Play 10 The Denver-Cheyenne Line (Denver Pacific Railroad) Paul Harvey
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Play 11 History of the Line since its completion Paul Harvey
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Play 12 The Central Pacific Railroad Paul Harvey
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Play 13 Nomenclature of the Union Pacific Railroad Paul Harvey
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Play 14 Paddy Miles' Ride Paul Harvey
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Play 15 Engineer Reports Paul Harvey
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