Life in the Old West

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Railroads

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Railroads shaped America from early on, and they both opened up the West and influenced how it was settled.

From early days in the East to rapid expansion across the continent, America’s railroads dictated the locations of myriad towns and cities. Special land grants to individuals and companies built huge personal fortunes and allowed many private companies to draw thousands of settlers to regions where they (the railroad investors and companies) wished to encourage settlement. And without access to rail lines, many settlements and even entire states suffered economic loss and stagnation. You’ll find articles below in our ever-growing “Railroads” category. You’ll also find links throughout the articles in the “Railroads” category to collectibles and memorabilia available on eBay. Enjoy!