As the West was growing, methods had to be developed to link Eastern Markets to Western citizens. On May 1o, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, providing a direct route across the nation. Railroads continued to cut through the West, and by 1890 there were over 180,000 miles of railroad track across the country.
Your class will divided into four different groups who were influenced by the developments of railroads in the West. Each group will have a specific task which is to be completed by the next class period. During the next class, groups will share their creations with the class and we will discuss the influence railroads had on the nation.
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During the next class period, you will....