10 U.S. Towns the Railroad Established in the West

10 US towns that formed because of the railroadAround 1860, the first railroad towns began to appear east of the Mississippi River. They were part of a new frontier and brought our nation together through connectivity and communication. Supplies could easily be transported across the states faster and more efficiently than by horse and wagon. This led to the creation of a multitude of new towns, especially in the West. During the building of the railroads, workers needed places to rest, eat, sleep, and pick up more supplies. These stops along the way fruited some of the bigger known towns that the nation has today. Towns that already existed in the area noticed a dramatic increase in their population; goods and services quickly gave the towns the economic security they needed to survive. Some towns were created primarily for a depot junction, giving travelers in the surrounding areas a place to migrate to. These areas often became booming hubs that connected the nation. During the Civil War, railroad construction came to a halt, but production resumed in the latter half of the 1800s. The nation’s first transcontinental line (the Union Pacific-Central Pacific) was finished in 1871. Here we take a look at 10 towns that may owe their existence and livelihood to the construction of the railroad, and we will discuss what benefits arose in those areas that made them what they are today.