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The transcontinental railroad did this in two major ways. First, it helped to stimulate the steel industry. The demand for all those rails needed to build the railroad and for the cars that ran on those rails helped cause the steel industry to boom. Second, the transcontinental railroad created a huge market that allowed industry to expand. It allowed factories to get raw materials from anywhere in the US and sell their products to anywhere in the US. By doing these things, the transcontinental railroad allowed the US to become an industrial power.
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