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By Edward J., Jr. Renehan

In may well 1869, the U.S. railroad community unified whilst the principal Pacific and Union Pacific railroads got here jointly in Promontory, Utah. This ebook discusses the $64000 milestone within the enlargement of the us and its effect at the state, either optimistic and detrimental.

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I had my machine finished by the 20th of June and shipped it up to Summit Valley. Put in a side The Men Who Made the Railroad reports from unmapped terrain—the “End of the Tracks”—and who enjoyed the diversions of “Hell on Wheels” just as much as the workers did. track, where the snow was still four feet deep and soon got the machine in good working order. With six handy men it would do the work of fifty carpenters. In July I commenced putting up snow sheds and by the middle of December had completed six miles of snow shed at the summit of Sierra Nevada Mountains.

About twelve o’clock a troop of ten or twelve thousand head of buffalo encumbered the track.  . The engineer did not try to overcome the obstacle, and he was wise. He would have crushed the first buffaloes, no doubt, with the ­cow-­catcher; but the locomotive, however powerful, would soon have been checked, the train would inevitably have been thrown off the track, and would then have been helpless. The best course was to wait patiently, and regain the lost time by greater speed when the obstacle was removed.

On his return, in the latter part of January 1868, he spoke to Mr. Ames about the stock, when Mr. Ames said he thought it was all sold, but he would take his money and give him a receipt and get the stock for him if he could. Mr. Scofield therefore paid Mr. Ames $1041, and took his receipt therefore. Not long after Mr. Ames informed Mr. Scofield he could have the stock, but could not give him a certificate 53 54 The Transcontinental Railroad for it until he could get a larger certificate dividend.

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