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Westward Expansion

Section 2

TermDefinition
The Mining Boom Many thought they could move west and make $$ mining; Few were successful.
Comstock Lode Rich deposits of silver in Nevada.
Mining Strikes Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, Alaska
Boomtown Towns that grew surrounding the mines.
Ghost town After the mineral was gone, people would leave the area.
Environmental Problems with Mining Pollution, air and water contamination, destruction of forests
Problems with Mining Large companies dominated and few individuals became wealthy. Foreigners were treated unfairly (Mexicans and Chinese). Lack of law enforcement and environmental problems.
Vigilantes Took the law into their own hands (often violent).
Benefits of the Railroad People and products could move faster on the RR; Towns sprung up around tracks.
Transcontinental Railroad Joined the Union and Central Pacific railroads therefore connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Promontory Point, Utah Place where the railroads met, linking the East and West. HUGE accomplishment.
Government Incentive Government gave railroad builders one square mile of land around the tracks they laid down. This gave builders lots and lots of $$$$.
Created by: Mhoody