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== Northern Pacific Railroad

Northern Pacific Railroad

The Northern Pacific Railroad covered the states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Congress on July 2 1864 chartered the Railroad; Presdent Abraham Lincoln sign the charter. The goal was to connect the Great Lakes with Puget Sound. The Railroad was granted some 47 million acres of land of undeveloped territory in exchange for The Jay Cookie & Company finance the railroad until 1873 when the railroad went bankrupt.

Historical Background
Construction began in 1870 and on Sept 8, 1883 the line was open after the Golden Spike was driven in to join at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. This joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. The "Last Spike" is in the this was the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States.


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