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How long did it take to build the Transcontinental Railroad?

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It took 6 years to build the Transcontinental Railroad. It was built between 1863 and 1869 and it measured 1,776 miles in length. This was the first time that the Atlantic and Pacific coasts were connected by railroad in the United States.

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How long did it take to build the Transcontinental Railroad?
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Two companies built the Transcontinental Railroad. Central Pacific Railroad started building the railroad in Sacramento, Calif., while Union Pacific Railroad, started building in Omaha, Nebr. The companies finally met on May 10, 1869 in Promontory, Utah. The railroad was the idea of President Abraham Lincoln, but it was not completed until 4 years after his assassination.

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    What were the effects of the Transcontinental Railroad?

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    Among the many positive effects of the transcontinental railroad are the following improvements: faster and safer transportation from coast to coast, boosts in international and intercontinental trade, faster spreading of ideas and expansion of the United States into areas not previously settled. Negative effects existed as well. More intrusion on Native Americans took place, and there was a rise in racial tensions in the nation.

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    What was the Transcontinental Treaty of 1819?

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    When was the transcontinental railroad made?

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    The main line of the transcontinental railroad linking the east and west coast of the United States was completed in Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. The project began with the signing of the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862, and took more than 6 years to complete.

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    Who invented the transcontinental railroad?

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    The transcontinental railroad was not invented by a single person, but was rather the culmination of various inventions, such as the steam locomotive. The transcontinental railroad was chartered as part of the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862, and construction was commissioned to the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Central companies.

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