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|California Gold Rush
|Period where thousands of people went west to search for gold
|when cowboys guided huge herds of cattle North to new railroad lines extending across The Great Plains
|business that delivered mail from Missouri to California in just ten days
|invention that sent messages along wires using electricity
|Samuel B. Morse
|developed a way to send telegraph messages
|a railroad across the continent linking the Eastern United States to the Western United States
|began building train track west from Omaha, Most workers were Irish Immigrants
|began building train track east from Sacramento, California. Most workers were Chinese immigrants.
|place in Utah where the Union Pacific met the Central Pacific and connected the transcontinental railroad
|Made up almost 80% of the central pacific workers.
|told Union Pacific they were scaring away buffalo.
|Gen. William Tecumsah Sherman
|warned the Native Americans that nothing would stop the building of the railroads.
|Homestead Act Of 1862
|law that offered free land to American citizens and immigrants who were willing to start new farms on the Great Plains.
|settlers who claimed land through the Homestead Act.
|sod House (soddy)
|houses made from sod (soil) on the Great Plains.
|the name for farmers on the Great Plains.