Andrew Murphy
1/20/2010 01:29:45 am

They would want a transcontinental railroad so that it can connect the east and the west. This would encourage people to settle west and develop land there. The government lent the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroad companies millions of dollars to build the transcontinental railroad. The federal government would have wanted that because then they could get more land.


Andrew Murphy
1/20/2010 01:31:13 am

I think that this is a good idea because then people could have more land.It would not be cramped anymore. The federal government would also get a lot of profit from this.

Andrew Bates
1/20/2010 01:47:55 am

The first American transcontinental railroad was build in March 1869. The company was lead by four men (nicknamed the "Big Four": Leland Stanford, Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins. Collis Huntington would take care of the company's financing. Charles Crocker would make sure the building was continuing towards its final goal. Leland Stanford made sure the project and company could continue to build the railroad and sustain the completed railroad. Mark Hopkins made sure all time and money was well spent.
This railroad reduced the time taken to cross the country from four-six months to six days.The railroad allowed Western life to catch up with life in Eastern America.

1/20/2010 12:46:11 pm

The U.S Goverment wanted a way to develop the economy by encouraging people from the north and west to mov, colonize,and develop the economy. The first one was set in Sacramento California, and the second was set in Omaha Nebraska.

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