The Pacific Railroad Act/Transcontinental Railroad
The railroad was designed to go across the country. Two railroad companies, Union Pacific and Central Pacific, each built their share of the tracks one starting in Omaha and the other starting in Sacramento with the two tracks meeting to form the Transcontinental Railroad.
Welcome to the Transcontinental Railroad which was created by the Pacific Railroad Act.
In 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act enabling the head of a family to acquire a 160 acre farm for $10. The owner must reside on or cultivate for 5 years and it would become theirs.
Thank God, I am a land owner
Yippee, I struck gold.
Comstock lode/Klondike Gold Rush
The Comstock lode was named for Henry Comstock who found vast silver deposits during the 1850s near Virginia City, Nevada. The Klondike Gold Rush took place in 1898 near the Klondike River which runs through Alaska and Canada.
Northern Pacific Railroad sold large tracts of land in Minnesota and North Dakota to cover its debts. These farms produced cash crops like wheat and became one of the biggest producers of wheat in the country. They were highly profitable until the land got farmed out.
Frederick Jackson Turner was a historian who authored The Significance of the Frontier in American History. He complained about fewer immigrants coming from northern Europe and an increase of "inferior stock" such as prisoners coming from other countries coming to America.
These people are inferior! They need to return to prison.
Frederick Jackson Turner
Conservation/Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was established by President Grant in 1872. It is located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It is known for wildlife and natural features such as the geyser, Old Faithful.