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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 of Sacramento, most workers were Irish immigrants
|place in Utah where the union pacific met the central pacific and connect the transcontinental railroad.
|made up almost 80% of the central pacific workers
|told union pacific workers they were scaring away the buffilo
|Gen. William Sherman
|warned native Americans that nothing would stop the building of the rail roads
|homestead act of 1862
|law that offered free land to American citizens would stop the building of the railroads
|settelers who claimed land through the homested act
|sod house (soddy)
|houses made from sod (soil) on the great plains
|the name for farmers on the great plains