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How did the transcontinental railroad network promote the post-Civil War transformation of American industry?  

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The Transcontinental Railroad, finished in 1869, was only part of a massive increase in railroad growth in postwar America.  First, the railroads themselves created a need for new materials, such as cheap steel for rails.  Andrew Carnegie made millions of dollars creating the raw material to make these rails.  The railroads also improved the economies of towns as they became rail hubs.  No one would have heard of Dodge City, Kansas without the railroad.  The transcontinental railroad also connected the fertile Pacific Coast region with a growing urban population in...

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