America’s 1,912 mile transcontinental railroad, completed 150 years ago when Leland Stanford, Central Pacific Railroad president, drove the final anchoring spike into the tracks at Promontory Summit Utah, fundamentally changed America forever in the same way as the internet did.

Americans in small towns and big cities were joined with faster communications and reduced travel times. East-West and West-East overland journeys, which had consumed hazardous weeks, took a few days. Constructed by three private companies between 1863 and 1869, the project joined existing eastern United States tracks at Omaha, Nebraska, with the Pacific coast tracks in San Francisco.

Janice Law is a columnist for The Daily News. Have a travel question? Email judgejanicelaw@yahoo.com.

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