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Nov. 1, 1855: A bridge disaster derails St. Louis dream for a transcontinental railroad

(Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 1, 2019)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — On Nov. 1, 1855, the Pacific Railroad’s first train to Jefferson City left downtown bearing 600 prominent citizens. The railroad was a powerful expression of the city’s aspirations. Led by U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, St. Louis promoted itself vigorously as the starting point for a transcontinental railroad. Incorporators named the railroad for their ocean objective.

Full story: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Friday, November 1, 2019

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