150 Years Later and the Forgotten History of the Transcontinental Railroad

Celebration at the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Photo courtesy of Andrew J. Russell

On May 10, 1869, the transcontinental railroad was officially completed, marking a significant moment in American history. As the United States was financially recovering from the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad dramatically improved trade and business. Most importantly, by connecting the east coast to the west coast, it was seen as symbolically (and…