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THE IRON ROAD
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1. Why was a transcontinental railroad important to the development of the United States? What role did the government play in its development?

2. Toward which direction did the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific lines build? What was the name of the founders of these two lines?

3. What difficulties did workers face building the railroad? Which company do you think faced the greater difficulties: the Central Pacific or the Union Pacific?

4. Why did the two railroad companies want to be the first to reach Salt Lake City?

This internet assignment is a slightly different version from the original given in class, however the point value is the same (8 points)

Return to or go to The Pony Express Internet Assignment

1997 Janet Sanders. Used with permission.

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