Completed 150 years ago this month, the railroad's construction was one of the great dramas in American history, and led to a notorious scandal.
They created towns and became the center of Western life, enabling wheat, cattle, and minerals to flow out of the West
Building the transcontinental railroad was the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century. Was it also the biggest swindle?
In a classic model of government corruption, the promoters placed shares of the company's stock “where it will do most good"—in the pockets of key Congressmen
What it was like for the first travelers
Our half-known new western empire was mapped, in a great mass exploration, by the Army’s Pacific Railroad Surveys of 1853
The Union Pacific met the Central Pacific at Promontory—and the nation had truly been railroaded
The official painting is full of dignity and decorum lamentably absent in the actual photograph.