Amateur this became another major east–west railroad.
Amateur To speed completion of the Kansas Pacific Railroad to Denver
construction started east from Denver in March 1870 to meet the railroad
coming west from Kansas city. The two crews met at a point called Comanche Crossing
, Kansas Territory, on August 15, 1870. Denver was now firmly on track to becoming
The original transcontinental railroad route did not pass through the two biggest cities
Feeder railroad lines were soon built to service these two and other cities and states along the route.
Modern-day Interstate 80 roughly follows the path of the railroad from Sacramento across modern day California
, Nevada, Wyoming and Nebraska, with a few exceptions. Most significantly, the two routes
originally routed along the north shore, and later with the Lucin
instead of Salt Lake City. The railroad crosses the Wasatch Mountains via a much gentler grade through Weber Canyon.
Most of the other deviations are in mountainous areas where interstate highways
allow for grades up to six-percent grades, which allows them to go many
places the railroads had to go around, since their goal was to hold their
grades to less than two percent.