Railroads impact on Washington
The railroad had a positive impact on the geography, economy, and psychological thought of Washington. The railroad was built by separate companies that built in their area using a checkerboard pattern of land grants from the government. It was built to connect the east and west and have a quicker way of transportation across the nation. It was built in the later 1800's and took several years to complete. Washington businesses grew, improving the economy. More people started farms and this changed the geography of Washington. The geography of Washington is shown with the creation of the railroad. People who came to Washington saw the great wheat belt or all the other signs of great agriculture so they would start their own farm and harvest wheat or fruit or any other food (Artifact C). Logging was also common and this brought deforestation of forests. There was many logging companies that all cut down trees so the outcome of all these logging companies was a huge loss of trees in Washington. A Scandinavian article says that Washington has more fertile land, better forests, rich mines, and great fruit harvesting and orchard growing (Artifact G). Railroads line the state of Washington, cutting through the mountains and forest and going through towns which helps with transportation and changes the geography (Artifact W). When the terminus of the railroad was decided to be put in Tacoma settlers boosted the town but with the gold rush people started moving to Seattle and Seattle was able to grow faster and be the bigger city (Artifact Y). The growing of farms and lumber companies changed the geography of Washington. When lots of people moved to Washington by the transcontinental railroad, lots of businesses started as well. With the invention of the refrigerated car, cold beer began to flow west on the train (Artifact P). A popular beer in the northwest was Budweiser and was sold along with others at saloons. James J. Hill...
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