Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation

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Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation
The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad

author: Martin W. Sandler

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.

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.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$22.99 / $27.00
0763680419 /  9780763680411
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Non-Fiction / EBook
age range:
10 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
224 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 5 and up
History; People & Places; Transportation;
author’s comments:
Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults, including The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure, and has written and produced seven television series. He lives with his wife in Massachusetts.
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