Why were railroads crucial to the growth of the United States?

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Railroads were very important to the growth of the United States because they allowed people to travel to regions that they'd never been able to go to before.  Therefore, this kind of travel opened up the ability for people to settle in these new places.  Also, railroads allowed the the...

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Railroads were very important to the growth of the United States because they allowed people to travel to regions that they'd never been able to go to before.  Therefore, this kind of travel opened up the ability for people to settle in these new places.  Also, railroads allowed the the transport of of all kinds of goods to these new places, which opened up new possibilities for businesses to sell goods and to open new stores in these places. 

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