America the Story of Us: Post-Civil War: Pioneers Go West

Fast forward to 42 minute Video

1.  43:08  After Lincoln's assassination the Rail Roads begin to
                                   stretch across the US

2.  45:00   Great Plains where 30 million buffalo roam

3. 45:10 18,000 mile journey around South America to get to California

4.   46:10 Sierra Nevada is a string of mountains that blocks
                               California from the Great Plains

5.  47:30 Theodore Judah is the chief surveyor and engineer
                                               of the Transcontinental RR route

6.   48:10  Union Pacific starts from Omaha, Central Pacific
                                                          from Sacramento, Calfornia

7. 49:04 The Donner Pass had to be crossed before winter snows or ...
                                                                                  you eat your dead

8. 50:50 It was decided to import Chinese workers because
                       "they built the Great Wall of China didn't they"?

9.  51:18  Nitroglycerin was detonated to blow holes in the granite mountains

10.  53:20 After the Transcontinental Rail Road was built A
                      6 month journey to Calif by wagon now takes 6 days

11.  54:00  A mass migration to California and the west now begins

12.  54:45 In one year 40,000 settlers move to Nebraska for 160 acres
                and with a $10 title/filing fee called the Homestead Act

13.  56:30  Many settlers busted, but brought "rugged individualism"

14. 57:30 Over 400 tornadoes touch down every year in the Great Plains

15. 58:30  Great Plains' settlers were people who were tough...
                            They just wanted to control their own future
                
and to have children who could control their own destiny.

16. 59:09  Swarms of Locusts a thousand miles long block out the sun

17. 61:00  To build towns settlers need wood and
                               Norwegian lumberjacks harvested forests

18. 62:00 Sometimes a log jam would stop the logs from
                                                                  going down stream

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