|Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad|
The Transcontinental Railroad: From Horses to Horsepower
4th, 5th and 6th Grades Only
Just how do you drill a hole in solid granite in the 1860s? How many men did it take to build the western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad? From what nation did the majority of the workers come? How much were they paid? These and other interesting questions are answered in our 50-minute, hands-on interpretive program, Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad.
Students are given the opportunity to try their hand at drilling a hole in granite, driving a railroad spike, and meeting people who explain what it was like to ride across the United States on the Transcontinental Railroad more than 125 years ago.
The Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad Program is suitable for Grades 4 through 6 only, and is run by California State Railroad Museum staff and docents dressed in period attire.