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Property Name Railroads in Minnesota, 1862-1956 MPS
Reference Number 64501188
State Minnesota
County multiple counties
Town N/A
Street Address N/A
Multiple Property Submission Name Railroads in Minnesota, 1862-1956 MPS
Status Accepted 8/14/2013
Areas of Significance
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Due to the country ' s vast geographic expanse, transportation has always been a significant issue in America, influencing production, trade, travel, and communication in ways unknown to more compact European nations. In particular, as Euro-American settlers streamed into the trans-Appalachian west during the early nineteenth century, the United States needed an overland transportation system to link different regions of the country. From early roads to canals and finally to railroads, Americans built a transportation system by the tum of the twentieth century that was larger and more complex than any other in the world.


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