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Happy anniversary transcontinental Railroad!

May 11, 2014
May 10, 1869 Promontory, Utah.

May 10, 1869 Promontory, Utah.

We do big things in a big way here in the USA! On May 10, 1869 the first transcontinental railroad linked up in Promontory Utah. Central Pacific and Union Pacific connected tracks. The project was impossible, dangerous, and disruptive to those who had land used for the rail line. The “iron horse” crews slaughtered buffalo to drive out some of the native American nations off land. A lot of Irish immigrants, Chinese immigrants, and investors suffered pain as well. The 1st major financial crash in the USA was too many railroad companies getting started to make everyone rich.

What counts is that we have the pioneer spirit to endure, prevail over challenges, and stay united after problems dividing us. People wanted to travel to the West Coast without dying on a wagon train trail and months on the route. Merchants wanted goods to sell from the East Coast on the West Coast.

Every family wants to improve their quality of life, and in the USA the citizens take action to improve their quality of life. There is no perfect family, so we all make mistakes. The point is that we dedicate ourselves to try to improve our lives. We don’t accept failure and defeat. We may die trying, and a lot have died by the dangers we accept to reach our goals. Quite a few hobo folk died hitching a ride by train.

Our dreams are too big for most other countries around the world. That is just the way we are! The railroad started the rapid move West for a lot of citizens. Oh yes, we have a duplicate transcontinental rail line built with railroad money in the last decade by Burlington Railroad with no fanfare or news coverage. We still dream big!

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