June 06, 1833 : President Jackson rides the Iron Horse

Introduction

Tom Thumb,

The acceptance of railroads came quickly in the 1830s, and by 1840 the nation had almost 3,000 miles of railway, greater than the combined European total of only 1,800 miles. The railroad network expanded quickly in the years before the Civil War, and by 1860 the American railroad system had become a national network of some 30,000 miles. Nine years later, transcontinental railroad service became possible for the first time.

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June 06, 1833 : President Jackson rides the Iron Horse

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

  • Title

    June 06, 1833 : President Jackson rides the Iron Horse

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-jackson-rides-the-iron-horse

  • Access Date

    April 19, 2018

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    A+E Networks