Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad

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Annotation: Describes the efforts of tens of thousands of workers and two railroad companies, the Central Pacific in the east and the Union Pacific in the west, as they raced to link the United States through the transcontinental railroad.
Catalog Number: #109516
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 211 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-6527-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-90730-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-6527-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90730-0
Dewey: 385.0973
LCCN: 2014954533
Dimensions: 23 x 28 cm.
Language: English
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-204) and index.
Word Count: 39,794
Reading Level: 8.5
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.5 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 176183 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.7 / points:11.0 / quiz:Q66881
Lexile: NC1230L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

Experience the race of rails to link the country—and meet the men behind this incredible feat—in a riveting story about the building of the transcontinental railroad, brought to life with archival photos.

In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

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