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Debating the Rail Route

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Pamphlet, Highway to the Pacific…...
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Pamphlet, Highway to the Pacific…Speech of Mr. [Thomas Hart] Benton…Delivered in the Senate of the United States, Dec. 16, 1850

In this speech of December 1850, Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri argued for a central route with its eastern terminus in his home city of St. Louis. Though Congress ultimately chose a central route, its eastern point was not in St. Louis, but in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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