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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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    Where did the Transcontinental Railroad meet?

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    The two sides of the Transcontinental Railroad met at Promontory Summit, just northwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. On May 10, 1869, its final spike was driven, connecting the individual railroads built by the Central Pacific Railroad Company and the Union Pacific Railroad.

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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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    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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