The Historical Geography of Transportation
Map 11 - The Transcontinental Rail Network, 1878
Map of the Leading Mining Claims of the Whitewood District in Caledonia Gold Mining Co.
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: "Rand, McNally & Co.'s United States" in Rand McNally & Co.'s Business Atlas, (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1878). Newberry Library Call No.: Rand McNally Collection, Atlas Collection, Commercial Atlas 1878

The railroad network of the United States grew rapidly in the decades after the Civil War, particularly in the states west of the Mississippi River. Using a general map of U.S. railroads in 1878 as its base, these lessons examine the geographic, political, and economic factors that influenced the growth of this network.

Lesson Plans

  • K-2 - Go West
  • 3-5 - People, Goods, and Railroads
  • 6-8 - Prairie Schooner and Iron Horse
  • 9-12 - Debating the Transcontinental Railroad

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