FIRST RAILROAD IN THE U.S.
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What was the first railroad in the U.S.?
Using trains is one of the safest
and most convenient ways to travel today. And even though today trains have
evolved into luxury modes of transportation, offering everything from meals to
WiFi on the different cars, they were once used just for transportation, and
although considered very modern for their time, were not the grand luxuries that
we see today. But when you’re talking about the first railroad ever in the U.S.
was, the answer may be somewhat debatable.
The first railroad ever actually built in the
United States was the Granite Railroad in Quincy, Massachusetts. Although this
was technically the first railroad ever built in the U.S., it never actually
ran. The tracks apparently were not strong enough to support the weight of the
There was another famous railroad built in 1810 by
a man named Thomas Leiper. This railroad connected Crum Creek to Ridley Creek in
Pennsylvania. In 1862 the first railroad would be designed that would connect
the West Coast with the Midwest and was actually constructed from two sets of
tracks. One set of tracks was called the Union Pacific Railroad and it traveled
west from Nebraska. The other tracks were called the Central Pacific Railroad
and they traveled east from the Pacific Ocean. The sets of tracks met up
together in Promontory Summit in Utah. Even though this was certainly not the
first railroad, it was the first system that allowed travelers to get across the
country in much shorter time, and much more conveniently, than they had before.
The Granite Railroad