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The Original 1868 Engraved Union Pacific Railroad Pass, Issued to Jack Casement Who Built the Road, Used by Him to Manage and Supervise Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

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Acquired directly from the Casement descendantsThe Transcontinental Railroad made possible the winning, settlement and development of the American West. It led to a revolution in interstate and international trade, opening the markets of the west coast and Asia to the east and Europe, while bringing products of eastern or European industry to the growing populace west of the Mississippi and beyond. The railroad caused a great production boom, and was in a sense America’s first technology corridor. As it encouraged the growth of American trade and business, so too did the railroad impact the nation's public discourse and intellectual life by making it possible to come and go across the length of the continent in just over a week. Now, for the first time, the beauties and riches of the central part of the continent could be accessed any anyone in days. Nothing was the same afterwards. Many people consider the Transcontinental Railroad the greatest technological feat of the 19th century, and one of the most consequential major construction projects ever undertaken.Before the advent of the Transcontinental Railroad, a journey across the continent to the west coast meant months of careful preparation and acquisition of a conveyance and supplies, then a dangerous six month trek over rivers, deserts, and mountains, all the way risking the loss of necessities and encounters with blizzards and Indians. Alternatively, a traveler could hazard a three to six month sea voyage around ferociously stormy Cape Horn (which proved a graveyard to many ships), or sail to Central America and cross the Isthmus of Panama through the jungle, in part by pack animal and in part by rail, which took five or six weeks, risking exposure to any number of deadly diseases in the crossing. So it is no surprise that interest in building a railroad uniting the east and west coasts of the continent began soon after the advent of the locomotive.Early Trains in the US and the Idea to Build a Train Connecting East and West CoastsThe first trains began to run in the U.S. in the 1830s along the East Coast, and by the 1840s the nation's railway networks extended throughout the East, South, and Midwest. The annexation of the western territories (including California) following the Mexican War, the almost immediately subsequent discovery of gold in the region in 1848, the resultant Gold Rush starting in 1849, and statehood for California in 1850 brought momentum to the idea of building a railroad across the nation to the Pacific. Meanwhile, thousands of immigrants and miners sought their fortune in the West. During the 1850s, Congress sponsored numerous survey parties to investigate possible routes for a transcontinental railroad. No particular route emerged as a clear favorite, as the project became yet one more point of contention between the North and South before the Civil War, with each wanting the railroad to go through their section.Theodore Judah was a civil engineer who helped build the first railroad in California, and he became obsessed with the idea of a transcontinental railroad running through Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. In 1859 he drew up letters of incorporation for the Central Pacific Railroad Company. Judah surveyed the route, creating maps that he used to bolster a presentation of the scheme he made to Congress in October 1861. Many Congressmen were leery of beginning such an expensive venture, especially with the Civil War underway, but President Abraham Lincoln, a long-time supporter of railroads, saw in the proposal an important additional opportunity: to help knit California and the West to the Union. He agreed with Judah, and on July 1, 1862, Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act, authorizing land grants and government support, which amounted to $32,000 per mile of track laid, to two companies, the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad. The Central would start at California’s eastern rail point in Sacrame. N° de ref. de la librería 10911

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