The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad


Read by Paul Harvey

(3.9 stars; 6 reviews)

Story of the planning, construction, and early operating of the Trans-continental railroad. There is coverage of the early proposals that began as early as the late 1700's to follow the best route to the Pacific Ocean. 1819 saw proposals for steam propelled carriages to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the early 1800's interest gained for creating a railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Costs, construction, and operation are covered along with details on the Kansas Pacific Railway, the Denver Pacific Railroad, and the Central Pacific Railroad. - Summary by Paul Harvey (4 hr 26 min)

Chapters

The Project and the Projectors 24:39 Read by Paul Harvey
The Proposition in Congress 17:31 Read by Paul Harvey
Mostly Financial 20:17 Read by Paul Harvey
Commencement of the Work 13:28 Read by Paul Harvey
Progress Made 30:11 Read by Paul Harvey
Indian Troubles During Construction 22:27 Read by Paul Harvey
The Builders 23:51 Read by Paul Harvey
Completion of the Line 18:07 Read by Paul Harvey
The Kansas Division (Kansas Pacific Railway) 26:44 Read by Paul Harvey
The Denver-Cheyenne Line (Denver Pacific Railroad) 10:02 Read by Paul Harvey
History of the Line since its completion 19:00 Read by Paul Harvey
The Central Pacific Railroad 13:21 Read by Paul Harvey
Nomenclature of the Union Pacific Railroad 8:05 Read by Paul Harvey
Paddy Miles' Ride 5:47 Read by Paul Harvey
Engineer Reports 13:00 Read by Paul Harvey