Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
Martin W. Sandler
Experience the race of rails to link the country—and meet the men behind this incredible feat—in a riveting story about the building of the transcontinental railroad, brought to life with archival photos.In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Historical Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Iron Rails, Iron Men and the Race to Link the Nation is an inspiring book about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. In the 1850’s, when gold fever claimed the West, the national leaders began to question if there was a safer, faster, and more effective way to travel across the country. Their question was answered when two companies, the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific, began to build the Transcontinental Railroad. Hundreds of men worked for these two companies as they both raced to link the nation before the other.

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The book Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation is about the beginning of the railroads in the United States. Throughout the book, it gives us extremely vivid details about why the need for the railroads was paramount, as well as the benefits of the new form of transportation and/or industry and its role in the armed forces. There are specific details about the men who orchestrated the entire enterprise.

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