America had done itself a wonder when it created its first transcontinental railroad, which spread throughout the Western half of the country. Before the Transcontinental Railroad claimed the name ‘Overland Route,’ it was called the Pacific Railroad. It was renamed after the Pacific Railroad Acts of 1862 and 1864. At the time, the American Civil War took place and the Democrats of the South whom opposed such ideas were now gone from Congress. This gave the Republicans the opportunity to vote on the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad without opposition.
The Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad were chosen by the Republicans and were backed by the constitution. Also, they supported the subject by dealing out U.S. governmental bonds. Although some portions of pleasant farming land had to be taken, the train took passages mainly through desert land. The workers, engineers, and supervisors involved in the project were veteran soldiers of war and immigrants from Ireland that focused on building operations while operating, and maintaining trains throughout the Civil War for the Union Army. By May 10, 1869, the first ever transcontinental railroad was created and opened to the public for use. The network of transportation had a dramatic effect on the American economy because of the goods that were transported. It also went faster, it was cheaper, and it had the flow of a flexible pace.