Union Pacific Railroad hosts 150th anniversary

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    Union Pacific Railroad hosts 150th anniversary celebration at Union Station in Portland | OregonLive.com

     
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    July 1, 1862: President Lincoln signs the Pacific Railway Act, which authorized the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific to build a railroad to the Pacific Ocean.
    The majority of the Union Pacific track was built by Irish laborers,[17] and veterans of both the Union and Confederate armies.
    The Central Pacific's grade was constructed primarily by many thousands of emigrant workers from China who were commonly referred to at the time as "Celestials" and China as the "Celestial Kingdom." Even though at first they were thought to be too weak or fragile to do this type of work, after the first few days on which Chinese were on the line, the decision was made to hire as many as could be found in California (where most were independent gold miners or in service industries such as laundries and kitchens). Many more were imported from China. Most of the men received between one and three dollars per day, but the workers arriving directly from China received much less.

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    Legend of Union Pacific - Big Boy



    What a behemoth!
     
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    Legend of Union Pacific - Turbine



    A new era in traction!
     
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    Union Pacific was a major transcontinental system. Many US railroads added the word 'Pacific' to create an aura of being a large network, although some of them never really reached the Pacific Coast. Union Pacific remains a legend today, and its locomotives as exotic replicas of the Golden Era of US rail transport. Three locomotives of particular importance are the Big Boy, Challenger, and the Turbine Family of locomotives, which are matched by a few others, such as the Cab Forwards of the Southern Pacific.
     
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    CHINESE-AMERICAN CONTRIBUTION TO TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

     
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