Essay by kennyboo15 December 2003

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Effects of railroads on America's Landscape

In the late 1800's during the industrial revolution many new products and services were being made. The introduction of railroads to the United States was a revolution in itself. Transportation was now faster and easier and this meant many things. This meant that goods could be transported faster, people could be transported faster, and modernization could expand west to cover the entire United States. Before the railroads were built, most of the west was just a big expanse of plains and mass Sierra Nevada Mountains. The seemingly untouched land would soon become the populated and waste covered landscape we know it as now. Through the construction, use, and need for upkeep, the transcontinental railroads greatly effected American landscape.

The construction of the transcontinental railroads greatly effected America's landscape through the clearing of paths for different routes and the materials needed to go through with the construction.

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