Depicting the hardships of workers of the Transcontinental Railroad
THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD
Some workers had to work in unfair conditions, had to work with risk of being attacked by Native Americans or animals, sometimes would get in injured or killed from accidents or fatigue or dehydration/starvation.
Workers had camp sites set up for for some protection from the natural forces like rain, bad heat, and from snow. And from attacks animals and Native Americans.
Workers that consisted of Irish immigrants and Chinese immigrants. The Chinese immigrants had the most dangerous jobs and had to handle nitro glycerin, which was a very dangerous explosive that with one wrong move it could explode. They used it to make holes in mountains. It caused many of the Chinese workers got seriously injured or even killed from the explosions or from rock slides.
They had to build the railroad all the way from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacramento, California and it costed 2 billion dollars and some workers were promised land as well for helping. But they had to get it done in a specific amount of time otherwise it would be all for nothing.
The reason for the railroad was because it was quicker than using the Oregon Trail and was quicker than sailing around South America or going through the Panama Canal. Going around or using the tail was 4-8 months, the canal took 2-3 months and the train took 4-6 days.
And lastly there were inequalities in payment and in time working. Some workers (like the Irish immigrants) got more money than the Chinese immigrants because they didn't know English and were tricked. Some would have better living quarters. As well as some workers would just work only jobs from 12 AM to 6 PM and others would work 12 AM to 3 PM. And some of the workers (like Chinese immigrants) would have to do the most dangerous jobs.