Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad

Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad
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20 MB|31-slide PowerPoint 3-page graphic organizer
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Transcontinental Railroad. Mining Boom. Pike’s Peak. Comstock Lode. Boomtowns

Lesson 1 of The American West Unit: **CAN BE ALTERED!** Mining Boom & Transcontinental Railroad

This engaging and visually appealing 31-slide PowerPoint presentation is easy to understand with content illustrated with charts and pictures.

PLEASE NOTE: This lesson is a PowerPoint document. The TEXT in this PowerPoint document can be altered, as can the order of the slides, transitions between slides, and animation of bullet points. The photos and proprietary fonts (in the titles and backgrounds) have been “digitally flattened” and are NOT able to be altered. This protects against copyright violation. Please understand what you are buying and my Terms of Use before purchasing this lesson. Thank you!

Overarching Question for this presentation (Thinking Focus Question):

- What were the causes and effects of mining booms in the West?

This PowerPoint presentation examines:

- Discovery of gold at Pike’s Peak

- Discovery of silver at Comstock Lode

- Cause and effect of Boomtowns

- The creation of new Western states

- The vital role railroad transportation played to mining communities

- The Transcontinental Railroad: how it was funded and constructed

- The designed route of the Transcontinental Railroad

- The Union Pacific Company vs. Central Pacific Company

- Irish, African American and Chinese laborers

- A political cartoon examining racism toward Chinese laborers

- Effects of the railroad

- Creation of time zones

Key words include:





Time zone

Comstock Lode


Leland Stanford

This PowerPoint presentation and graphic organizer is part of the unit: The American West. This unit can be downloaded in its entirety saving you substantially what it would cost you to buy each PowerPoint presentation and graphic organizer separately. Each lesson comes with a visually appealing PowerPoint presentation (and pdf version) and three graphic organizer notebook pages – separate answer key included!

Here are other lessons in this unit you may be interested in:

Lesson 1: Mining Boom & Transcontinental RR

Lesson 2: Great Plains & Homestead Act

Lesson 3: Fetterman Massacre Treaty of Fort Laramie

Lesson 4: Little Bighorn Dawes Act Wounded Knee

Lesson 5: National Grange Populist Party

UNIT: The American West 1858-1896

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Total Pages
31-slide PowerPoint 3-page graphic organizer
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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