Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Alison Behnke
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Before there were railroads people traveled by horse or wagon, and it took many months for them to make a trip. To improve travel conditions and keep up with the many advancements taking place during the Industrial Revolution, plans were made to build the first transcontinental railroad to connect the coasts of North America. Although the excitement to build began in 1830, actual construction did not start until 1863. The Central Pacific railroad broke ground in California and the Union Pacific Railroad broke ground in Nebraska. After many years of hard work, challenges, and determination, the two railroads met in Promontory, Utah, in 1869. History had been made and many more railroads followed suit, laying the framework for what our railway system is today. Travel would never be the same again!
A Timeline History of the Transcontinental Railroad is a straightforward peek into what it was like to build the first transcontinental railroad. This book educates on key pieces of history while engaging readers in the narrative. The timelines in this book are particularly helpful and provide a great visual effect that helps the reader to visualize the time and place of these historical events. The actual photos are another effective visual aid and add an authenticity to the story. Readers also learn interesting facts about railroads and the different components to these technologies. A Timeline History of the Transcontinental Railroad would be a great addition to a school library or classroom and would be an engaging read for older elementary age children and even adults. This book is a surprisingly satisfying journey through history.
*Contains mild violence.