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Transcontinental Telegraph and Railroad

Lessons, Activities & Resources Help Your Class Discover the Engineering Triumphs That Propelled Westward Expansion

Found inLanguage Arts & Literature, Science, Social Studies, PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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.


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