Transcontinental Telegraph and Railroad
Lessons, Activities & Resources Help Your Class Discover the Engineering Triumphs That Propelled Westward Expansion
Westward expansion during the 19th Century required speedier ways to communicate and transport people and goods between the East and West Coasts. Clipper ships and the Pony Express were a beginning. The Transcontinental Telegraph (1861) and Transcontinental Railroad (1869) provided faster overland service. The following lessons, activities, and resources will help put both engineering triumphs into perspective.