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Rise of Industrial America
Railroads in the Late 19th Century
Spanning the Nation

If you have ever ridden a train or followed a railroad track for several miles, you know that eventually the track must cross streams, rivers, ravines, and so on. In every case, except for the most modern tunnels, train tracks are built over streams and rivers on bridges or trestles. For the early railroad construction crews, building tracks over geographic depressions was time consuming, dangerous, and precise work. The following photos show examples of early day railroad bridges or trestles. What do all the bridges have in common? Without the railroad bridge builders, how might the settlement of the American West occurred differently?

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crossing the susquehannah

Crossing the Susquehanna, Philadelphia Division

Eads bridge

Eads Bridge, St. Louis, Missouri

Poughkeepsie bridge

Poughkeepsie (New York) Bridge

bridge near Ellwood City

Crossing the Connoquenessing, near Ellwood City


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