This is a 18 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on the Western Expansion in the United States - Building the Transcontinental Railroad. Each of the slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
America’s first steam locomotive made its debut in 1830, and over the next two decades railroad tracks linked many cities on the East Coast. By 1850, some 9,000 miles of track had been laid east of the Missouri River. During that same period, the first settlers began to move westward across the country; especially after the discovery of gold in CA in 1849.
The overland journey was risky and difficult, and many westward migrants instead chose to travel by sea, taking the six-month route around Cape Horn at the tip of South America, or risking yellow fever and other diseases by crossing the Isthmus of Panama and traveling via ship to San Francisco.
In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act chartered the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad Companies, and tasked them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the United States from east to west. Over the next 7 years, the two companies would build toward each other from Sacramento, CA on the one side and Omaha, NB on the other, struggling against great risks before they met at Promontory, UT, on May 10, 1869.
The presentation covers the following:
Pacific Railroad Act of 1862
Transcontinental Railroad Map
Plans Are Presented
Central Pacific Railroad
Two Competing Companies
Credit Mobilier Scandal
Dangers & Difficulties
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....Western Expansion in the United States.