Theodore Judah & the Big 4- who were involved in the Trans Continental Railroad
For the Trans Continental Railroad none of the bills passed because a route could not be decided on. Northerners and southerners argued about where the route would be, northerners wanted a northern route and southerners wanted a southern route. Congress would also fight over whether slavery should be permitted at all in the new states. In 1848 Sutter’s mill in California had a flow of people coming in because of the promise of free gold, 55,000 people by overload routes and 25,000 by sea were traveling west. Only 57% of the United States lived east of Alleghenies on the Atlantic seaboard. A little later and congress still couldn’t decide on a route. So they sent five surveying teams out in 1853 to explore other railroad possibilities because they were in dire need of one to replace the mule teams, stage coaches, and steamboats. California’s first railroad was started in 1854 with Theodore Judah as its chief engineer and finally finished in autumn of 1854.
April of 1861 Theodore Judah brought together the Central Pacific Railroad Co. Leland Stanford was its president, Collis P. Huntington vice president, and Mark Hopkins as treasurer. Stanford, Hopkins, and Huntington, and Charles Crocker who handled labor issues, became known as the "Big Four" of the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1862 Theodore became secretary of the House and Senate committees on the Pacific Railway Act, and realized his dream of the transcontinental railroad. Later on more and more people used the railroad Theodore and the big four had lain down, and milestones were soon being placed on the railroad. They had all set a record of laying ten tracks down in one day. Theodore Judah died in 1863.
On May 10, 1869 the Union Pacific Railroad and the Transcontinental Railroad met at Promontory Point, Utah where the tracks were joined and the last tie lain. The laurelwood tie was hammered in with a...
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