Asa had a plan to subsidize the building of a railroad from the Mississippi River to the PAcific Ocean.
Settlement of Oregan
Acquisition of western territories
Gold discovered in California
More support for the project
Funds to survey various routes by Congress
Arguing over what route the railroad should take but Senator Stephen Douglas reveals the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This was intended to win approval for the line from Chicago.
Congress enacted legislation
Legislation provided for the construction of a transcontinental line.
The Pacific RR began construction
In Omaha, Nebraska
The Central Pacific broke ground in Sacramento, California
The two lines met in Promontory Summit, Utah
A golden spike was driven into the ground to join the two lines.
Three additional lines were finished
There was the Northern Pacific RR that stretched from Lake Superior to Portland, Oregan; the Santa Fe which extended from Atchison, Kansas to Los Angeles; and the Southern Pacific connected Los Angeles to New Orleans