the Trans-Continental Railroad - As the middle
of the 19th century loomed, there was no good, efficient
way to cross North America from coast-to-coast.
An overland trip using horses and wagons across
the Great Plains was long, arduous and dangerous.
Going by ship meant a six-month trip around South
American's Cape Horn, risking storms and ship wrecks.
A combination of the two, a ship to the Isthmus
of Panama with a land crossing there of the jungle
and another voyage to San Francisco, was fraught
with the possibility of contracting malaria or yellow
fever. What was needed was to build a railroad across
America, but that seemed an impossibility.
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