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transcontinental railroad

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A train route across the United States, finished in 1869. It was the project of two railroad companies: the Union Pacific built from the east, and the Central Pacific built from the west. The two lines met in Utah. The Central Pacific laborers were predominantly Chinese, and the Union Pacific laborers predominantly Irish. Both groups often worked under harsh conditions.

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  • The crying need of the country was a feeder to some transcontinental railroad.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • Doubleday had had a chain of eating houses on the line, as Belle termed the transcontinental railroad.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • This man had worked up from messenger boy to a position next to the president in one of the transcontinental railroad systems.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • So she has given herself to the development of transcontinental railroad projects.

  • He had boiled his coffee down by the stockyards in every sizable town on every transcontinental railroad in America.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • Of course, she looked forward to a transcontinental railroad in time; but, as yet, this was in the dim future.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • Such was the man who was the real power behind the Southern and transcontinental railroad.

    The Lion and The Mouse Charles Klein
  • And that is why there was a panic to-day among the directors of the Southern and transcontinental railroad.

    The Lion and The Mouse Charles Klein

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