For many Americans, our knowledge on the history of railroads lies with old, western movies that tell the story of runaway bank robbers. While the history of such is certainly exciting, there is a lot more to the railroad system than what films depict. If you visit the area, here is what you should know about the history of railroads in Southern Nevada, so that you can better understand their value.
Railroads Through History
Overtime, the city of Las Vegas continued to grow and by 1931, the Union Pacific created a system of railroad tunnels that connected the city to Boulder City. Four, short years later, construction was completed, but not soon after, one of the railroads was decommissioned in order for the Boulder, or Hoover, Dam to be built. The building of such a structure brought a massive migration of unemployed Americans to the city of Las Vegas, in the hopes of landing a job on the dam.
What’s New with Railroads Today
There are still active railroads that run throughout the entire United States today, even the one that goes through Las Vegas and and Southern Nevada. Large agricultural and energy products are moved by way of freight, and there are still railroads that offer passengers rides from city to city. Even railroads that are out of commission are still beautiful and offer younger generations a wealth of history.
When you visit Southern Nevada, you will get to visit these old railroads and even ride some of them. Visiting the Southern Nevada Railroad station and the Boulder Dam are incredible sights to see that you can’t get anywhere else. You can learn more in-depth history on these forms of transportation, and how they helped build the cities we know and love today.
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