Race Across the Plains: Building the Transcontinental Railroad
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The great effort from 1863 to 1869 to link the nation by rail took risk, genius, and courage. The United States government set up a fierce competition between two rail lines, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, to see who could lay the most track the fastest. Both rose to the challenge, and the story of their success in linking east to west is a dramatic one. With historian Joyce Haworth.