Part One: It’s a 25-hour drive from Nashville to the Golden Spike National Historical Park in Utah, so a field trip there isn’t likely. In this session we’ll be joined by Golden Spike ranger Lucas Hugie, who will do a presentation on the remarkable story of the Transcontinental Railroad: how it was started, its engineering obstacles; how it overcame labor shortages; and how it was completely on a remarkable day in May 1869.
Part Two: When teachers think about the development of railroads, they usually think about the Transcontinental. But railroads actually arrived in the east two generations earlier, when the Baltimore & Ohio, the Nashville & Chattanooga, and the Memphis & Charleston first connected the Atlantic seaboard to rivers such as the Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi. "History" Bill Carey has researched this topic and will do a presentation on what these early railroads were set up to do, how they were affected by immigration and slavery, and how they changed Tennessee forever.