Building of the Transcontinental Railroad : Uniting a Country (Free Program)

Offered by: The Durham Museum
Program Description:
One day, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln sitting at his desk in the White House in Washington DC , signed a document that fixed the eastern terminus of the proposed rail route at Omaha, Nebraska Territory. Within a short time dirt was flying in Nebraska and California. Thousands of workers, large numbers of teams, many supply trains, and vast quantities of equipment and supplies were employed in caring this stupendous project forward. Each month the gap between the two construction forces became shorter, and finally , on May 10 1869, after six years of strenuous effort, the rails were joined at Promontory, on the Utah desert. This endeavor was the 1800's equivalent to the United States putting a man on the moon 100 years later. This session is loaded with original documents and photos from the Union Pacific Museum to provide your students with historical accurate “primary” information. Note: The best times to connect are 9:00-11:00 CST and 1:00-4:00 CST.