First Transcontinental Railroad

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The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the Pacific Railroad) was a railroad line built in the United States by the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad between 1863 and 1869 that connected its statutory Eastern terminus at Council Bluffs, Iowa/Omaha, Nebraska (via Ogden, Utah and Sacramento, California) with the Pacific Ocean at Alameda, California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco. By linking with the existing railway network of the Eastern United States, the road thus connected the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States by rail for the first time. The line was popularly known as the Overland Route after the principal passenger rail service that operated over the length of the line through the end of 1962.

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