Railroad Map

In the early 1860's, America's railway system went only as far West as Missouri. It would be another nine years before the country was joined together for the first time--by rail--when the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific lines met at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869.

By 1903, six more transcontinental lines were established, including the Western Pacific route--shown above on "Granddad's map" in red--which ran through Antelope, Winnemucca, Red Rock and other little Western towns before joining up with the Denver & Rio Grande line at Salt Lake City. If you look closely, you can see how the states of Nevada and California were "stretched" a bit to accommodate the names of each and every whistle-stop along the route.

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