|Surveyor's toolkit: how many of us can identify these|
implements, let alone know how to use them?
A good part of the Museum is devoted to the history of the First Transcontinental Railroad, which transformed the national economy.
|An exact duplicate of |
Stanford Univ's Gold
Spike is in the Museum
The railroad shortened the journey to five days, unifying the country geographically and sparking an explosion in the movement of people and goods in both directions.
Industry and agriculture were not the only beneficiaries, it was now possible to build fortifications against military threats originating from both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
The 20th century became the American century, in large part due to the groundwork that was laid in the 19th.