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I just won a chance to go to state history day with my historical paper on the Transcontinental Railroad. To go to state I have to improve my paper by adding sourches and information. If anybody has friends, relatives, books, and connections I could tap into for information, please post and contact me for information.


Mike Davis

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Comment by Paul Gardner on February 29, 2012 at 1:36pm

The Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869.  The first through train to the Bay Area was in September on 1869.  The first train passed a block from my house in Alameda on its way to Alameda Point and a ferry connection to San Francisco, the end of the line.

Comment by Robert Cozad on February 28, 2012 at 10:57pm

I've read a very good book on the Transcontinental railroad called Empire Express by David Bain. I think it's a Penguin book.

Comment by Mike Manson on February 28, 2012 at 9:27pm
I can loan you my copy of Iron Horses to Promentory. Look for the photo of coach 29 in one of the trains.

Mike Manson
Comment by Paul Gardner on February 28, 2012 at 8:53am

One of the most enlightening books on the Transcontinental Railroad history, that I have read, is "Hear the Whistle Blow" by author Dee Brown.  How the ROW was acquired,financed and built are very detailed.

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