Though the powers and obligations of the union pacific railway company, and to some extent of the other railway companies owning or operating the several lines embraced in the pacific railway, were defined in the acts of 1862 and 1864 and subsequent acts, the nature and significance of the complicated questions. This lesson discusses the pacific railway act of 1862 learn more about the act that authorized the construction of the first transcontinental. Pacific railway act proclamation on july 1, 1862, congress passed another act that had been stalled by sectional conflict railroad technology had improved greatly over the previous three decades the united states was ready to build a railroad to the west coast since the discovery of gold in california and the. To realize the vision of a transcontinental railroad and telegraph, congress passed and president lincoln signed the pacific railway act this act designated the route and offered land grants as incentives to private companies to complete the segment west of the missouri river it also assured the government's access to. The pacific railroad act, passed by congress in 1862 (12 stat 489), authorized the construction of the first transcontinental railway line connecting the east and west coasts the need for a transcontinental railway to facilitate transportation of persons and products across the united states became increasingly clear in the. Transwiki details a previous wikipedia description page is/was here all following user names refer to enwikipedia 2011-01-30 16:40 centpacrr 1716× 1209× (765577 bytes) first and last pages of the original manuscript of the pacific railroad act of 1862 (12 stat 489) july 1, 1862 (''national archives and records.
The pacific railway act of 1862 aids the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the missouri river to the pacific ocean the functioning of the act resulted in the expansion of roads and. The gilder lehrman institute of american history wwwgilderlehrmanorg the pacific railway act july 1, 1862 an act to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the missouri river to the pacific ocean be it enacted, that [names of corporators] together with five commissioners to be appointed. On july 1, 1862 president abraham lincoln signed into law the pacific railway act of 1862 which “hereby created and erected into a body corporate by the name of the union pacific railroad company and the said corporation is hereby authorized and empowered to lay out, locate, construct, furnish, maintain and. Pacific railroad acts on july 1, 1862, president abraham lincoln signed the pacific railway act (also called the pacific railway bill) into law the act, which designated the 32nd parallel as the first transcontinental route, authorized the union pacific and central pacific to build the nation's first transcontinental railroad.
This act, passed on july 1, 1862, provided federal subsidies in land and loans for the construction of a transcontinental railroad across the united states on may 10, 1869, in a ceremony at promontory, utah, the last rails were laid and the last spike driven, completing the first transcontinental railroad through the united. 2014 cprrorg use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the user agreement which permits personal use web viewing only no copying arbitration no warranty pacific railroad acts [pacific railroad act: 1862 , 1863 , 1864 , 1865 , 1866 , 1868 , 1869 , 1870 , 1871 , 1873 , 1874 ] act of. The pacific railroad act facilitated the creation of the first transcontinental railroad, a huge railway line that connected the east of the usa to the west. 1862 - pacific railroad act this map shows the rout of transcontinental railroads in 1887 the pacific railroad act gave millions of acres of land in the public domain to the railroads in exchange for the enormous investment in building these transportation routes across the continent this legislation gave transcontinental.
First page of the original manuscript of the pacific railroad act of 1862 signed by president lincoln on july 1, 1862 | source: us national archives the consequences were staggering, he concluded america's natural resources, with whose conservation and use the whole future of the nation was bound. Get in-depth analysis of homestead act, with this section on pacific railway act of 1862. Signed into law by president abraham lincoln on july 1, 1862, the 1862 act authorized extensive land grants in the western united states and the issuance of 30-year government bonds (at 6 percent) to the union pacific railroad and central pacific railroad (later the southern pacific railroad). The year is 1862 abraham lincoln as passed the pacific railway act which will connect the united states' coasts via the first transcontinental railroad you are a wry investor and a shrewd negotiator 4 new railroad companies have amassed large amount of capital to accomplish this task set forth by lincoln.
The pacific railway act was signed into law by president abraham lincoln on july 1, 1862 this act provided federal government support for the building of the first transcontinental railroad, which was completed on may 10, 1869 library of congress web site | external web sites | selected bibliography digital collections. The first large land grants originated with the pacific railroad act of 1862 as best i can tell, the first major railroad land grants originated with the 1862 legislation that enabled the transcontinental railroad at that time, the union pacific and central pacific railroads were granted 400-foot right-of-ways plus. The pacific railway act july 1, 1862 (u s statutes at large, vol xii, p 489 ff) an act to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the missouri river to the pacific ocean be it enacted, that [names of corporators ] together with five commissioners to be appointed by the secretary of the interior are. Act in 1862, allowing the construction of the transcontinental railroad (barter 47) two railroads were chosen, the central pacific railroad, controlled by judah and the “big four”, and the union pacific railroad, controlled by vice president thomas c durant (barter 47) the pacific railway act also specified that the us.
Work on the first transcontinental railroad began after president abraham lincoln approved the pacific railway act of 1862, a landmark law that authorized the federal government to financially back the construction of a transcontinental railroad due to the american civil war, work was delayed for several years by 1866. The right time, the right man: abraham lincoln and the transcontinental railroad in lincoln's mind, the railroad was part of the civil war effort the new line would support communities and military outposts on the frontier it would give settlers safe and dependable passage west and most importantly, it would tie new states. The pacific railway act of 1862, followed by a companion act adopted in 1864, continued this trend the inital act authorized extensive land grants and the issuance of 30 year government bonds at a 6% interest rate for the railroads to extend rail service to the pacific coast initially, these grants were.
Last week, i explored abraham lincoln's background as a railroad lawyer and the republican party's zeal for a transcontinental railroad this week, i will highlight the most important provisions of the pacific railroad act of 1862 and subsequent amendments and, lest we forget, the legislation passed in the. In 1862, the pacific railroad act chartered the central pacific and the union pacific railroad companies, and tasked them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the united states from east to west over the next seven years, the two companies would race toward each other from sacramento, california on. This presentation is based on edexcel gcse history of the west in 1800s book by adding many pictures, photos, maps and diagrams and a video link, the course becomes more accessible to all ability pupils this lesson covers the influence of the pacific railroad act and railways on development of the. The first pacific railway act (july 1, 1862) authorized the building of the railroad and granted rights of way to the union pacific to build westward from omaha, neb, and to the central pacific to build eastward from sacramento, calif the act also granted 10 alternate sections of public domain land per mile on both sides of.
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