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Exhibit Theme

Building a Transcontinental Railroad

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Memorials for a Pacific Railroad:...
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Memorials for a Pacific Railroad: New Jersey, April 30,1856; Ohio, March 10, 1856; Tennessee, April 2, 1856; Iowa, April 21,1856

In 1856, citizens from many states sent memorials and petitions urging Congress to support construction of a transcontinental railroad. They requested aid in the form of funding, land grants or contracts and appealed to congressional interests, stating that the railroad would transport mail and promote prosperity.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration