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Building the Transcontinental Railroad

The construction of the 1,776 mile long Transcontinental Railroad is one of the most impressive civil engineering achievements of the 19th century. Begun in 1863 during the Civil War, its construction required the efforts of thousands of workers who conquered demanding terrain and survived harsh construction and weather conditions. Giroux sheds new light on the civil engineers who designed and constructed that marvel, and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. On May 10, 1869, it was hammered into place, completing the Transcontinental Railroad, which helped knit together the then recently restored Union from its Atlantic coast to its Pacific coast.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

February 3, 2020

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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Paul Giroux
Dist.M.ASCE, Civil Engineer, Kiewit Corporation (Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, the Big Dig in Boston and the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span)

5:30 p.m. check-in
6 p.m. program