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America's History in the Making

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Map of the Burlingtion Route

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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, BURLINGTON ROUTE (1892). Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Creator The Passenger Department of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
Context Railroad route maps illustrated the national expansion of railroads to distribute goods and people much faster.
Audience Business people and regular passengers.
Purpose To show Burlington Northern's railroad routes through the United States

Historical Significance

Railroads were a force for modernization. By setting up uniform gauges and time zones, railroads made the national markets more efficient. As trains spread across the nation, so arose a need for standardization of time zones so that the trains ran on schedule. This was very important for business operations on opposite sides of the nation, and particularly for express businesses such as American Express and Wells Fargo that relied heavily on the railroads for the distribution of goods.

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