Postal Service Unveils Transcontinental Railroad Forever Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled, in a ceremony, Wednesday the Transcontinental Railroad forever stamp. Three new district stamps commemorate the 150th anniversary of its completion.

The USPS unveiled new forever stamps marking the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad June 12, 2019.

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled, in a ceremony, Wednesday the Transcontinental Railroad forever stamp. Three new district stamps commemorate the 150th anniversary of its completion.

President Abraham Lincoln promoted the railroad during the Civil War as the track that binded the nation together.

The Central Pacific Railroad Company built the Western portion of the railroad starting from Sacramento and The Union Pacific Railroad Company built the eastern section beginning from Omaha, Nebraska.

The railroad was made by more than 200,000 immigrants, primarily of Irish and Chinese descent. German, Italian, and some African Americans assisted in the construction including thousands of Mormon workers who helped make the final push across Utah.

The Transcontinental Railroad eased the movement of goods and people across the country. The completed railroad covered roughly 1,800 miles and significantly reduced travel time across the country, from as long as six months to about a week.

On May 10, 1869 at the Golden State Ceremony, rail lines were joined at Promontory Summit, north of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The railway was finished. 

Story by Char’Nese Turner for nbclosangeles.com

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