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1864 - The Transcontinental Railroad
- Research the transcontinental railroad taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
- As a character working on the transcontinental railroad, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries. (Student character interpretation * )
- Organize a focused narrative which:
- includes background information about how and why the transcontinental railroad came to be
- contains information of what happened while building the transcontinental railroad
- uses supporting details to explain how the transcontinental railroad affected the growth history of the United States!
- Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the transcontinental railroad.
- Student-created interpretation of a challenge to work on the railroad and suggested readings for a study of the transcontinental railroads.
- May 10, 1869 - Placing the last rail at Promontory, Utah linking the locomotives of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways. [ Golden Spike National Historic Site (see: 973.82)
- Charles Crocker, a dry goods merchant was one of the partners of the Central Pacific Railroad. [ Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum]
- Blumberg, Rhoda. Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad.
- Anderson, Peter. The Transcontinental Railroad (1996)
- Fraser, Mary Ann. Ten Mile Day and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
- Krensky, Stephen. The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps
- Goble, Paul. Death of the Iron Horse
- Stein, R. Conrad. Story of the Golden Spike
As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to explore the railroads.
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