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Building a Nation

 
 
Building a Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2011
1. Building a Nation Marker
Inscription. Between 1862 and 1885, the United States undertook construction of a railroad to connect the East with the West. The Central Pacific Railroad was built 742 miles eastward from Sacramento. The Union Pacific was built 1,038 miles westward from Omaha. Owners met at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869 and hammered home the Golden Spike creating a new transportation network that revolutionized the West and the country.

Completion of the transcontinental railroad created a boom in railroad construction across the country. There were 30,000 miles of track in the nation in 1860. This number increased to 201,000 miles by 1900. However the zenith of the American railroad occurred in 1916 when there were 254,000 miles of track across the country. Railroads employed over 2,000,000 people in 1920, and an amazing 98 percent of all intercity passenger traffic was by rail.

The 1840s and 1850s were a boom time in Southern railroad construction. Lines were built between Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. The most ambitious line was completed in 1857 when 760 miles of track connected Charleston with Memphis, Tennessee. This line joined the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River.

The railways declined after World War I. By 1957, the number of airplane travelers passed the number of train passengers for
Building a Nation Marker amid the former warehouses in the Camden Depot courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2011
2. Building a Nation Marker amid the former warehouses in the Camden Depot courtyard
the first time.

"... the more economical outlets we can open through this chain, the more will the resources of the west develop themselves and the more will the east and the west become united by indissoluble bonds of common interest."
* William Howard, 1829*
 
Location. 32° 47.337′ N, 79° 56.233′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from John Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located between King and Meeting Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Railroad Comes To Charleston (here, next to this marker); The Best Friend of Charleston (here, next to this marker); Bound For Glory (here, next to this marker); Passengers and Products (within shouting distance of this marker); Camden Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Aiken House (about 400 feet away); The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley (about 500 feet away); The Charleston Museum's Joseph Manigault House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study marker
Camden Depot courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2011
3. Camden Depot courtyard
shown.
 
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Building a Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
Building a Nation Marker, courtesy of the Library of Congress
4. Building a Nation Marker
The Golden Spike, Promontory Summit, Utah
Building a Nation Marker image. Click for full size.
Building a Nation Marker, courtesy of the Library of Congress
5. Building a Nation Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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