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The Union Pacific was the first transcontinental railroad in the US. Constructed over a period of six years in the 1860s, the plan was to build a railroad which would cover 2/3 of the continent. This was accomplished by human hands and the effort of over 20,000 workers, many of them immigrants, and all done without benefit of modern technology or equipment... no bulldozers, no modern explosives, not even electricity. Today the Union Pacific travels through 23 states, most of them west of the Mississippi.


When I saw this coming down the tracks while we were traveling in central Texas I just couldn't let it pass without getting a shot. It's part of our country's history and played a big part in settling the west.


EXPLORE #135 July 19, 2008

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Taken on July 10, 2008